From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative

From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative


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This essay collection examines the theory and history of graphic narrative – realized in various different formats, including comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels – as one of the most interesting and versatile forms of storytelling in contemporary media culture. The contributions assembled in this volume test the applicability of narratological concepts to graphic narrative, examine aspects of graphic narrative beyond the ‘single work,’ consider the development of particular narrative strategies within individual genres, and trace the forms and functions of graphic narrative across cultures. Analyzing a wide range of texts, genres, and narrative strategies from both theoretical and historical perspectives, the international group of scholars gathered here offers state-of-the-art research on graphic narrative in the context of an increasingly postclassical and transmedial narratology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110281811
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: Narratologia , #37
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel Stein, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; Jan-Noël Thon, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels Daniel Stein Jan-Noëi Thon 1

Part I Graphic Narrative and Narratologicai Concepts

Zooming In and Out: Panels, Frames, Sequences, and the Building of Graphic Storyworlds Silke Horstkotte 27

Space, Time, and Causality in Graphic Narratives: An Embodied Approach Karin Kukkonen 49

Who's Telling the Tale? Authors and Narrators in Graphic Narrative Jan-Noël Thon 67

Subjectivity and Style in Graphic Narratives Kai Mikkonen 101

Part II Graphic Narrative Beyond the 'Single Work'

Graphic Memoir: Neither Fact Nor Fiction Nancy Pedri 127

Superhero Comics and the Authorizing Functions of the Comic Book Paratext Daniel Stein 155

Intermediality, Transmediality, and Graphic Narrative Gabriele Rippl Lukas Etter 191

Comics in the Intersecting Histories of the Window, the Frame, and the Panel Greg M. Smith 219

Part III Genre and Format Histories of Graphic Narrative

A History of the Narrative Comic Strip Jared Gardner 241

Narration in the Flemish Dual Publication System: The Crossover Genre of the Humoristic Adventure Pascal Lefèvre 255

Un/Taming the Beast, or Graphic Novels (Re)Considered Christina Meyer 271

Archival, Ephemeral, and Residual: The Functions of Early Comics in Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers Henry Jenkins 301

Part IV Graphic Narrative Across Cultures

Anglo-American Graphic Narrative Julia Round 325

European Graphic Narratives: Toward a Cultural and Mediological History Jan Baetens Steven Surdiacourt 347

Ghostly: 'Asian Graphic Narratives,' Nonnonba, and Manga Jaqueline Berndt 363

Graphic Narrative as World Literature Monika Schmitz-Emans 385

Index (Persons) 407

Index (Works) 413

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