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Coody, Elizabeth Rae. "Nonbiblical Comics Engage the Bible." The Oxford Handbook on the Bible and Popular Culture. Eds. Dan W. Clanton Jr. and Terry R. Clark. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2020. 362–80. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190461416.013.22
BibTeX citation key: Coody2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Bible", Intertextuality, Religion, Superhero
Creators: Clanton Jr., Clark, Coody
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press (New York)
Collection: The Oxford Handbook on the Bible and Popular Culture
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This chapter offers a sketch of the general relationship between comics understood as “nonbiblical” (or not directly portraying biblical material) and the Bible. Although comics are still recovering from a Cold War–era reputation for being “lowbrow” in the United States, they are an important window into the reception of biblical material. Comics that treat near-biblical material in particular are an intriguing area for study. They offer a set of visual languages whose translation and evaluation give insight into the text of the Bible and its interpretation. Attention to the visual can yield suggestive insights in a traditionally textual field of study. This chapter introduces the concept of the Bible as an icon and gives a brief demonstration of the use of a particular set of closely related but nonetheless nonbiblical comics to reflect on biblical characters, and concludes by offering questions that might benefit from further study of these texts.
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