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Kelp-Stebbins, Katherine. "Comics as Orientation Devices." Comics Studies Here and Now. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. Routledge Advances in Comics Studies. London: Routledge, 2018. 211–25. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: KelpStebbins2018
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Keywords: "Metro", "Samandal", "Tintin", Belgium, Crime comics, Egypt, El-Shafee. Magdy, Fandom, Gender, Hergé, Lebanon, Reception, Remi. Georges, Translation
Creators: Aldama, Kelp-Stebbins
Publisher: Routledge (London)
Collection: Comics Studies Here and Now
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A number of comics scholars, such as Scott McCloud and Charles Hatfield, advocate for reader response criticism as an integral component of Comics Studies. McCloud asserts that readers necessarily collaborate with authors to complete the meaning of comics, while Hatfield attests to the tensions a reader must negotiate according to “the Otherness of Comics Reading”. In particular, Hatfield’s compelling schema of the dialectical elements inherent in the experience of reading comics warrants further consideration of the reader of comics and of “reader response, in the sense of participation and interpretation”. Most pressingly: does such a schema account for the radical heterogeneity of comics readers? Do all comics readers participate with and interpret a comics page diagrammatically? Are comics always read the same by all readers in all cultural contexts? A feminist decolonial approach to Comics Studies insists on the foregrounding of the specific types of subjects that are inscribed and described by reading comics. Such an approach recognizes reading as part and parcel of epistemological practices that orient, disorient, and reorient certain subjects in space and time. In light of recent scholarship on the postcolonial, transnational, and translational facets of comics production, circulation, consumption, and evaluation, this chapter advocates for a reexamination of the relationships, orientations, and subject positions alternately engendered by or precluded through encounters with comics.
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