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Ecke, Jochen. "Comics Studies’ Identity Crisis: A meta-theoretical survey." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 59. (2011): 71–84. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1515/zaa.2011.59.1.71
BibTeX citation key: Ecke2011
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Categories: General
Keywords: Comics research
Creators: Ecke
Collection: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
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This article reflects on comics studies’ tendency for self-apology and a latent inferiority complex. It offers a survey of contemporary comics criticism and textbooks as well as a critique of a tendency towards an assimilation of comics studies by literary studies. It highlights the ways in which interdisciplinary approaches and a critical engagement with the foundational texts of comics studies, as well as recent scholarly endeavors to provide a theoretical grounding to comics studies apart from literary studies, can help the discipline. In particular, it advances the hope that comics can come to be recognized as an image-based medium with a need for its own critical vocabulary.
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