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The Narratology of Comic Art

1st Edition

By Kai Mikkonen

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312 pages

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Description

By placing comics in a lively dialogue with contemporary narrative theory, The Narratology of Comic Art builds a systematic theory of narrative comics, going beyond the typical focus on the Anglophone tradition. This involves not just the exploration of those properties in comics that can be meaningfully investigated with existing narrative theory, but an interpretive study of the potential in narratological concepts and analytical procedures that has hitherto been overlooked. This research monograph is, then, not an application of narratology in the medium and art of comics, but a revision of narratological concepts and approaches through the study of narrative comics. Thus, while narratology is brought to bear on comics, equally comics are brought to bear on narratology.

Table of Contents



List of Figures



Acknowledgements





Introduction: Comics, Narrative, and Medium





Part I: Time in Comics



1. Time in Comics





Part II: Graphic Showing and Style



2. Narration as Showing



3. Character as a Means of Narrative Continuity



4. Graphic Style, Subjectivity and Narration





Part III: Narrative Transmission



5. Narrative Agency (in Jiro Taniguchi’s A Distant Neighborhood)



6. Focalisation in Comics



7. Characterisation in Comics





Part IV: Speech and Thought in Narrative Comics



8. Presenting Minds in Comics



9. Dialogue in Comics: Medium-specific features and basic narrative functions





Part V: Narrative Form and Publication Format



10. Picture Story and Narrative Organisation in Early Nineteenth-Century British



11. Caricature and Comic Strips





Afterword





Bibliography

About the Author

Kai Mikkonen is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
CGN000000
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General
CGN006000
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
LIT017000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies