Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (Studies in Popular Culture)

Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (Studies in Popular Culture)

Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester


When paintings Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part picture novel in regards to the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew more and more renowned and outstanding. the increase of "serious" comics has generated becoming degrees of curiosity as students, newshounds, and public intellectuals proceed to discover the heritage, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium.

Yet those that write in regards to the comics frequently suppose research of the medium did not start till the cultural stories flow was once underway. Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a well-liked Medium brings jointly approximately dozen essays via significant writers and intellectuals who analyzed, embraced, or even attacked comedian strips and comedian books within the interval among the flip of the century and the Sixties. From e. e. cummings, who championed George Herriman's Krazy Kat, to Irving Howe, who fretted approximately Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie, this quantity indicates that comics have supplied a key battleground within the tradition wars for over a century.

With sizeable essays by means of Umberto Eco, Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler, Gilbert Seldes, Dorothy Parker, Irving Howe, Delmore Schwartz, and others, this anthology indicates how all of those writers took up comics-related subject matters as some extent of access into wider debates over smooth paintings, cultural criteria, lifestyle, and mass communication.

Arguing Comics indicates how well-known writers from the Jazz Age and the melancholy period to the heyday of the recent York Intellectuals within the Fifties thought of comics and, via extension, pop culture as a whole.

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