This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature / Edition 1

This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature / Edition 1

by Rocco Versaci
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826428789

ISBN-13: 9780826428783

Pub. Date: 12/15/2007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

This Book Contains Graphic Language looks at different literary forms and genres—including jourbanalism, fiction, memoirs, and film—in relation to their comic book counterparts. By demonstrating the ways in which comic books (and graphic novels) both reflect upon, and expand the boundaries of literature, Rocco Versaci demonstrates that comics have

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This Book Contains Graphic Language looks at different literary forms and genres—including jourbanalism, fiction, memoirs, and film—in relation to their comic book counterparts. By demonstrating the ways in which comic books (and graphic novels) both reflect upon, and expand the boundaries of literature, Rocco Versaci demonstrates that comics have earned the right to be taken just as seriously as any other literary form.
As comics and graphic novels become more popular than ever, literary critics are finding that they now have a new subject to examine. But while many advocates of the medium maintain that comics are a true art form, there have been no detailed comparisons among comics and "legitimate" types of literature. Filling this void, This Book Contains Graphic Language examines different literary forms in relation to their comic book counterparts. These literatures include prose memoir, Holocaust memoir, jourbanalism, film, and-for lack of a better term-the "classics." Each richly-illustrated chapter outlines the key issues of one of these forms and then explores how comic books have been able to reflect and expand upon those issues in unique ways.

The comics discussed include Eightball by Daniel Clowes, Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, American Splendor by Harvey Pekar, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Palestine by Joe Sacco, Frontline Combat and Two-Fisted Tales from EC Comics, Sandman by Neil Gaiman and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore.  By examining the ways in which these and other comic books and graphic novels expand the boundaries of literature, English professor Rocco Versaci demonstrates that the medium of comics has earned the right to be regarded as an important artistic and literary form.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826428783
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Why Comics?

Chapter Two: Creating a 'Special Reality

Chapter Three: ReMaustering the Past

Chapter Four: The 'New Journalism' Revisited

Chapter Five: Guerilla Warfare and Sneak Attacks

Chapter Six: Illustrating the Classics

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