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Castaldi, Simone. "Adult Fumetti and the postmodern: Poetics of italian sequential art in the 1970s and 1980s." Word & Image 20. (2004): 271–82. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/02666286.2004.10444023
BibTeX citation key: Castaldi2004
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Categories: General
Keywords: Italy, Postmodernism
Creators: Castaldi
Collection: Word & Image
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In 1977 the cover of the first issue of the comic magazine Cannibale portrayed a man, fork and knife in hand, intent on devouring his own body. The image of the cannibal, besides the shocking face value, conveyed on one side the suggestion of extreme intertextuality – self-conscious comics quoting and exploiting their own medium – and on the other hinted at the kind of voracious relationship that Italian adult comics would establish in the next decade with other cultural areas. This discussion aims to analyze this particular period in the life of the Italian adult comics and their relationship to the postmodern aesthetics that were developing towards the end of the 1970s. To understand the extent of the changes taking place in Italian culture and the way that adult comics embodied them it is necessary to first provide a brief historical overview of Italy in those times.
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