The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach

The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach

by Aaron Meskin, Roy T. Cook
     
 

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The Art of Comics is the first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical topics raised by comics and graphic novels. In an area of growing philosophical interest, this volume constitutes a great leap forward in the development of this fast expanding field, and makes a powerful contribution to the philosophy of art.

Overview

The Art of Comics is the first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical topics raised by comics and graphic novels. In an area of growing philosophical interest, this volume constitutes a great leap forward in the development of this fast expanding field, and makes a powerful contribution to the philosophy of art.

  • The first-ever anthology to address the philosophical issues raised by the art of comics
  • Provides an extensive and thorough introduction to the field, and to comics more generally
  • Responds to the increasing philosophical interest in comic art
  • Includes a preface by the renowned comics author Warren Ellis
  • Many of the chapters are illustrated, and the book carries a stunning cover by the rising young comics star David Heatley

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Regardless, though, considered as a whole, The Art of Comicsis an excellent collection and one which is likely to provoke spirited debate and serve as a spur to further research within Anglo-American philosophy (and philosophy more generally) into this sadly neglected art form. I, for one, look forward to these future developments immensely. To quote one of the greats in the history of comics—excelsior!.”  (British Journal of Aesthetics, 1 October 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444354829
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/14/2011
Series:
New Directions in Aesthetics , #32
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
4 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“The Art of Comics would make a fine addition to any undergraduate reading list, introducing as it does several important notions in contemporary aesthetics.”  (The Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism, 1 November 2013)

"The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach is the first-ever anthology on the aesthetics of comics in the analytic tradition.  As such, it is predictably rigorous, but, perhaps more surprisingly, it exhibits a very deep love of comics as well as an intimate and close knowledge of the art form in all its diversity and detail. The book is a splendid addition to the growing body of work on the philosophies of the arts."

—Noël Carroll, The Graduate Philosophy Program, CUNY

"A new, rich topic is always welcome in philosophy. Comics are just such a topic in the philosophy of art, and this excellent collection is a splendid opportunity to explore the subject."

—Ted Cohen, University of Chicago

"This is a groundbreaking collection that sets the agenda for philosophical reflection on the nature of comics and their place among the arts. Readers will find their thought bubbles bursting out on every page, as fresh insights are delineated and new questions are framed."

—Jesse Prinz, The Graduate Philosophy Program, CUNY

Meet the Author

Aaron Meskin is Associate Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds.

Roy T. Cook is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, a Resident Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and an Associate Fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen.

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