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Abell, Catharine. "Comics and Genre." The Art of Comics. A Philosophical Approach. Eds. Aaron Meskin and Roy T. Cook. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 68–84. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Abell2012
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Keywords: Genre
Creators: Abell, Cook, Meskin
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (Chichester)
Collection: The Art of Comics. A Philosophical Approach
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“In her essay, Catharine Abell criticizes two important recent philosophical theories of genre (by Gregory Currie 2004 and by Brian Laetz and Dominic Lopes 2008) and offers her own alternative account. For Abell, genres are historically established sets of conventions which generate evaluative and interpretive expectations among audience members. Membership in a genre requires production in a community where those conventions are established as well as production in accordance to those conventions. So, for example, superhero comics are a genre in part because they involve conventions which generate expectations in audience members (e.g., that the costumed characters in them will have special powers or abilities). Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victorybelongs to the superhero genre because it is made in a community in which those conventions are established and because it was produced in accordance with those conventions (i.e., it was intended to have features that underwrite the applicability of those conventions). Abell goes on to use her account both to explain how genre membership affects content and to distinguish genres from both styles and media. The last distinction is used by her to make the case that both graphic novels and fumetti (i.e., photo-comics) count as media rather than genres.” (Aaron Meskin and Roy T. Cook: “The Art and Philosophy of Comics: An Introduction”, xxxiv)
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