Critical Directions in Comics Studies (Paperback)

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By Thomas Giddens (Editor)
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Contributions by Paul Fisher Davies, Lisa DeTora, Yasemin J. Erden, Adam Gearey, Thomas Giddens, Peter Goodrich, Maggie Gray, Matthew J. A. Green, Vladislav Maksimov, Timothy D. Peters, Christopher Pizzino, Nicola Streeten, and Lydia Wysocki

Recent decades have seen comics studies blossom, but within the ecosystems of this growth, dominant assumptions have taken root--assumptions around the particular methods used to approach the comics form, the ways we should read comics, how its "system" works, and the disciplinary relationships that surround this evolving area of study. But other perspectives have also begun to flourish. These approaches question the reliance on structural linguistics and the tools of English and cultural studies in the examination and understanding of comics.

In this edited collection, scholars from a variety of disciplines examine comics by addressing materiality and form as well as the wider economic and political contexts of comics' creation and reception. Through this lens, influenced by poststructuralist theories, contributors explore and elaborate other possibilities for working with comics as a critical resource, consolidating the emergence of these alternative modes of engagement in a single text. This opens comics studies to a wider array of resources, perspectives, and modes of engagement.

Included in this volume are essays on a range of comics and illustrations as well as considerations of such popular comics as Deadpool, Daredevil, and V for Vendetta, and analyses of comics production, medical illustrations, and original comics. Some contributions even unfold in the form of comics panels.

About the Author

Thomas Giddens is lecturer in law at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He founded the Graphic Justice Research Alliance and is author of On Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing, editor of Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and Law, and coeditor of Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture: From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters. His research focuses on critical, comics, and cultural legal studies, with particular interests in aesthetics, epistemology, and visuality.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496829009
ISBN-10: 149682900X
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: August 10th, 2020
Pages: 332
Language: English