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Smith, Matthew J. and Randy Duncan, eds. Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels: Theories and methods. London, New York: Routledge, 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-415-88554-6
BibTeX citation key: Smith2012e
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Comics research
Creators: Duncan, Smith
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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Critical Approaches to Comics offers students a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural significance of comic books and graphic novels by introducing key theories and critical methods for analyzing comics. Each chapter explains and then demonstrates a critical method or approach, which students can then apply to interrogate and critque the meanings and forms of comic books, graphic novels, and sequential art. The authors introduce a wide range of critical perspectives on comics, addressing methodologies including fandom, genre, intertextuality, adaptation, gender, narrative, formalism, visual culture, and much more. As the first comprehensive introduction to critical methods for studying comics, Critical Approaches to Comics is the ideal textbook for introductory and advanced courses in comics studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (x)
Preface (xiii)
Acknowledgments (xv)
List of Contributors (xvi)

Henry Jenkins: Introduction: Should We Discipline the Reading of Comics? (1)

I. Form (15)
1. David Beronä: Wordless Comics: The Imaginative Appeal of Peter Kuper’s The System (17)
2. Joseph Witek: Comics Modes: Caricature and Illustration in the Crumb Family’s Dirty Laundry (27)
3. Randy Duncan: Image Functions: Shape and Color as Hermeneutic Images in Asterios Polyp (43)
4. Marc Singer: Time and Narrative: Unity and Discontinuity in The Invisibles (55)
5. Pascal Lefèvre: Mise en scene and Framing: Visual Storytelling in Lone Wolf and Cub (71)
6. Andrei Molotiu: Abstract Form: Sequential Dynamism and Iconostasis in Abstract Comics and Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man (84)

II. Content (101)
7. Jeff McLaughlin: Philosophy: “The Triumph of the Human Spirit” in X-Men (103)
8. Amy Kiste Nyberg: Journalism: Drawing on Words to Picture the Past in Safe Area Goražde (116)
9. Christopher Murray: Propaganda: The Pleasures of Persuasion in Captain America (129)

III. Production (143)
10. Mark Rogers: Political Economy: Manipulating Demand and “The Death of Superman” (145)
11. Ian Gordon: Culture of Consumption: Commodification through Superman: Return to Krypton (157)
12. Stanford Carpenter: Ethnography of Production: Editor Axel Alonso and the Sale of Ideas (167)
13. Matthew J. Smith: Auteur Criticism: The Re-Visionary Works of Alan Moore (178)
14. Brad J. Ricca: History: Discovering the Story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (189)

IV. Context (201)
15. Peter Coogan: Genre: Reconstructing the Superhero in All Star Superman (203)
16. Leonard Rifas: Ideology: The Construction of Race and History in Tintin in the Congo (221)
17. Jennifer K. Stuller: Feminism: Second Wave Feminism in the Pages of Lois Lane (235)
18. Ana Merino: Intertextuality: Surrealist Intertextualities in Max’s Bardin (252)

V. Reception (265)
19. Mel Gibson: Cultural Studies: British Girls’ Comics, Readers and Memories (267)
20. Jeffrey A. Brown: Ethnography: Wearing One’s Fandom (280)
21. Brian Swafford: Critical Ethnography: The Comics Shop as Cultural Clubhouse (291)

Index (303)

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