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A Comics Studies Reader. Edited by Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 304pp.

Paperback: ISBN-10: 1604731095  ||  ISBN-13: 978-1604731095
Hardcover: ISBN-10: 1604731087  ||  ISBN-13: 978-1604731088

Library of Congress:  ||  Dewey: 741.5/09 22
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Publisher's Description
  A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels.
   The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware, as well as Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes. It explores the stylistic achievements of manga, the international anti-comics campaign, and power and class in Mexican comic books and English illustrated stories.
   A Comics Studies Reader introduces readers to the major debates and points of reference that continue to shape the field. It will interest anyone who wants to delve deeper into the world of comics and is ideal for classroom use.

(01) Introduction - Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester

(02) Thierry Groensteen - “Why are Comics Still in Search of Cultural Legitimization?”

(03) Historical Considerations

(04) David Kunzle - “Rodolphe Töpffer’'s Aesthetic Revolution”

(05) Robert C. Harvey - “How Comics Came to Be”

(06) Gilbert Seldes - “The ‘Vulgar’ Comic Strip”

(07) Fredric Wertham - “excerpt from Seduction of the Innocent

(08) Amy Kiste Nyberg - “William Gaines and the Battle over EC Comics”

(09) John Lent - “The Comics Debates Internationally”

(10) Peter Coogan - “The Definition of the Superhero”

(11) M. Thomas Inge - “Two Boys from the Twin Cities”

(12) Craft, Art, Form

(13) David Carrier - Caricature”

(14) W.J.T. Mitchell - “Beyond Comparison”

(15) Thierry Groensteen - “The Impossible Definition”

(16) Charles Hatfield - “An Art of Tensions”

(17) Joseph Witek - “The Arrow and the Grid”

(18) Pascal Lefèvre - ““The Construction of Space in Comics”

(19) Robert S. Petersen - “The Acoustics of Manga”

(20) Culture, Narrative, Identity

(21) Roger Sabin - “Ally Sloper: The First Comics Superstar?”

(22) Martin Barker - “Jackie and the Problem of Romance”

(23) Anne Rubenstein - “Home Loving and Without Vices”

(24) Bart Beaty - “Autobiography as Authenticity”

(25) Adam Kern - “Manga versus Kibyôshi”

(26) Fusami Ogi - “Beyond Shoujo, Blending Gender”

(27) Scrutiny and Evaluation

(28) Ariel Dorfman - “The Innocents March into History”

(29) Thomas Andrae - “The Garden in the Machine”

(30) John Benson, David Kasakove, Art Spiegelman - An Examination of ‘"Master Race"’”

(31) Gene Kannenberg, Jr. - ““The Comics of Chris Ware”

(32) Annalisa Di Liddo - “Crossing the Boundaries of the Medium”

(33) Hillary Chute - “History and Graphic Representation in Maus

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