Wurtz, James F. "“Out there in the Asylum”. Physical, Mental, and Structural Space in Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth." In: Amerikastudien 56.4 (2011), S. 555–572.
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Keywords: "Arkham Asylum", "Batman", Architecture, McKean. Dave, Metaisierung, Morrison. Grant, Space, Superhero, United Kingdom, USA
In Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (1989), Batman travels through Gotham City’s most famous residence, where his encounters with its inmates force him to reexamine his own psyche. The house itself has a story to tell, and the history of the Asylum is interwoven with the tale of Batman’s dark night of the soul. Underpinning the narrative is a complex examination of the nature of space and the spatial in the graphic novel, and Arkham Asylum uses this examination to self-reflexively interrogate the nature of comic form. Arkham Asylum structures its narrative according to both the layout of the house and to sacred architecture, and it also spatializes sanity and insanity. At the same time, the form of the comic (itself reliant on the readers’ negotiation of the arranged spaces on the page in front of them) allows Morrison and McKean to reimagine the potential of the superhero genre and inquire into the nature of the relationship between reader and text.
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