In this comprehensive textbook, editors Matthew J. Brown, Randy Duncan, and Matthew J. Smith offer students a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural significance of comic books and graphic novels by introducing key theories and critical methods for analyzing comics.
Each chapter explains and then demonstrates a critical method or approach, which students can then apply to interrogate and critique the meanings and forms of comic books, graphic novels, and other sequential art. Contributors introduce a wide range of critical perspectives on comics, including disability studies, parasocial relationships, scientific humanities, queer theory, linguistics, critical geography, philosophical aesthetics, historiography, and much more.
As a companion to the acclaimed Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods, this second volume features 19 fresh perspectives and serves as a stand-alone textbook in its own right. More Critical Approaches to Comics is a compelling classroom or research text for students and scholars interested in Comics Studies, Critical Theory, the Humanities, and beyond.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Part I Viewpoints
Chapter 1 Critical Theory
Matthew P. McAllister & Joe Cruz
Chapter 2 Postcolonial Theory
Chapter 3 Critical Race Theory
Phillip Lamarr Cunningham
Chapter 4 Queer Theory
Valentino L. Zullo
Chapter 5 Disability Studies
Chapter 6 Critical Geography
Julian C. Chambliss
Chapter 7 Utopianism
Graham J. Murphy
Part II Expression
Chapter 8 New Criticism
Chapter 9 Psychoanalytic Criticism
Chapter 10 Autographics
Andy J. Kunka
Chapter 11 Linguistics
Kristy Beers Fägersten
Chapter 12 Philosophical Aesthetics
Aaron Meskin & Roy T. Cook
Chapter 13 Burkean Dramatistic Analysis
A. Cheree Carlson
Part III Relationships
Chapter 14 Adaptation
Chapter 15 Transmedia Storytelling
Chapter 16 Parasocial Relationship Analysis
Chapter 17 Historiography
Chapter 18 Bakhtinian Dialogics
Chapter 19 Scientific Humanities
Matthew J. Brown
Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology and Associate Professor of Philosophy, History of Ideas, and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since 2008, he has run the Comics and Popular Arts Conference, an annual, peer-reviewed, academic conference on comics and pop culture studies that takes place in Atlanta annually on Labor Day Weekend. He teaches Comics Studies in the Humanities Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Randy Duncan, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication and Director of the Comics Studies Program at Henderson State University. He is co-author of the widely used textbook The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (2015) and co-author of Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction (2015). Dr. Duncan is co-founder, with Peter Coogan, of the Comics Arts Conference, held each summer in San Diego. In 2009 Duncan received the Inge Award for Outstanding Comics Scholarship and in 2012 he received the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comics Arts. Duncan and Matthew J. Smith are editors of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies series.
Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., is Interim Dean in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Communication at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. He serves in the presidential line of succession for the Comics Studies Society and has co-authored nine books. These include The Secret Origins of Comics Studies (2017) and The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (2015). He and Randy Duncan are also co-curators on "Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes," a traveling exhibit that debuted at the Museum of Popular Culture in Seattle in 2018.