Helvie, Forrest C. "When the Present Makes Contact with the Past: Comic Adaptations and Translations of Medieval and Early Modern Sources." Works & Days 32.(2014–15): 265–75.
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Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Helvie2014
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Keywords: "The Graphic Canon", Adaptation, Canon, Literature, Middle Ages
Collection: Works & Days
In 2012, Seven Studios published the first of a multi-volume series, The Graphic Canon—an anthology with selections of traditional works in comics form that touts a range of world literature from “The epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons.” With the continued growth of interest in the comics medium, this article will focus on providing a review of this collected work within the context of a discussion on adaptation and translation in order to address the question: What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact between the original, text-driven source and the contemporary, text-and-image hybrid? In responding to the question of what is gained and lost through these moments of literary contact, I want to begin my discussion with looking at some of what gets lost in this attempt at canon-building before examining some of the benefits gained from a relatively new medium coming into contact with a set of far older sources.