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Heit, Jamey. Imagination and Meaning in Calvin and Hobbes. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6354-1
BibTeX citation key: Heit2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Calvin and Hobbes", Comic strip, USA, Watterson. Bill
Creators: Heit
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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From 1985 to 1995, the syndicated comic strip Calvin and Hobbes followed the antics of a precocious six-year-old boy and his sardonic stuffed tiger. At the height of its popularity, the strip ran in more than 2,400 newspapers and generated a fan base that continues to run in the millions. This critical analysis of Calvin and Hobbes explores Calvin’s world and its deep reservoir of meanings. Close readings of individual strips highlight the profundity of Calvin’s world with respect to a number of life’s big questions, including the things that one values, friendship, God, death, and other struggles in life. By engaging with Calvin and Hobbes as more than "just" a comic strip, this work demonstrates how the imagination remains an invaluable resource for making sense of the world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vi)
Introduction (1)

1. One Final Sledride: The Imagination’s Endless Freedom (9)
2. When Dinosaurs Fly: Creative Spaces in Calvin and Hobbes (32)
3. Stuck on the Sidewalk: Understanding the Human Condition (52)
4. Irony: The Real World’s Uncomfortable Lesson (76)
5. When Roses Smell Like Flowers: The Individual’s Relative Value (96)
6. True Value: The Friendship of Calvin and Hobbes (121)
7. What If God Is a Chicken? Exploring Life’s Big Questions (143)

Conclusion (169)
Chapter Notes (181)
Bibliography (205)
Index (211)

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