1st Edition

More Critical Approaches to Comics Theories and Methods

Edited By Matthew J. Smith, Matthew Brown, Randy Duncan Copyright 2020
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    List of Figures



    List of Contributors


    Part I Viewpoints

    Chapter 1 Critical Theory

    Matthew P. McAllister & Joe Cruz

    Chapter 2 Postcolonial Theory

    Christophe Dony

    Chapter 3 Critical Race Theory

    Phillip Lamarr Cunningham

    Chapter 4 Queer Theory

    Valentino L. Zullo

    Chapter 5 Disability Studies

    Krista Quesenberry

    Chapter 6 Critical Geography

    Julian C. Chambliss

    Chapter 7 Utopianism

    Graham J. Murphy

    Part II Expression

    Chapter 8 New Criticism

    Rocco Versaci

    Chapter 9 Psychoanalytic Criticism

    Evita Lykou

    Chapter 10 Autographics

    Andy J. Kunka

    Chapter 11 Linguistics

    Kristy Beers F├Ągersten

    Chapter 12 Philosophical Aesthetics

    Aaron Meskin & Roy T. Cook

    Chapter 13 Burkean Dramatistic Analysis

    A. Cheree Carlson

    Part III Relationships

    Chapter 14 Adaptation

    David Coughlan

    Chapter 15 Transmedia Storytelling

    William Proctor

    Chapter 16 Parasocial Relationship Analysis

    Randy Duncan

    Chapter 17 Historiography

    Adam Sherif

    Chapter 18 Bakhtinian Dialogics

    Daniel Pinti

    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.