1st Edition

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies





ISBN 9781138884519
Published February 28, 2017 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

In The Secret Origins of Comics Studies, today’s leading comics scholars turn back a page to reveal the founding figures dedicated to understanding comics art. Edited by comics scholars Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, this collection provides an in-depth study of the individuals and institutions that have created and shaped the field of Comics Studies over the past 75 years. From Coulton Waugh to Wolfgang Fuchs, these influential historians, educators, and theorists produced the foundational work and built the institutions that inspired the recent surge in scholarly work in this dynamic, interdisciplinary field. Sometimes scorned, often underappreciated, these visionaries established a path followed by subsequent generations of scholars in literary studies, communication, art history, the social sciences, and more. Giving not only credit where credit is due, this volume both offers an authoritative account of the history of Comics Studies and also helps move the field forward by being a valuable resource for creating graduate student reading lists and the first stop for anyone writing a comics-related literature review.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Charles Hatfield





Preface by Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan





Chapter 1- Educating with Comics by Carol L. Tilley





Chapter 2 - Educating about Comics by Robert G. Weiner





Chapter 3 - The Historians of Creators by Brad Ricca





Chapter 4 - The Historians of the Comics Industry by Julie Davis and Robert Westerfelhaus





Chapter 5 - The Historians of the Art Form by Ian Horton





Chapter 6 - The Librarians and Archivists by Jenny Robb





Chapter 7 - Literary Theory/Narrative Theory by Barbara Postema



Chapter 8 - Semiotics and Linguistics by Gert Meesters





Chapter 9 - Myths, Archetype, and Religion by Beth Davies-Stofka and David McConehy





Chapter 10 - Ideological/Sociological by Ian Gordon



Chapter 11 - Formalist Theory: The Cartoonists by Henry Jenkins





Chapter 12 - Formalist Theory: Academics by Ann Miller





Chapter 13 - Psychology/Psychiarty by Travis Langley



Chapter 14 - Gender Studies and Queer Studies by Kane Anderson



Chapter 15 - Manga Studies, A History by Nicholas A. Theisen





Chapter 16 - The Organizations by Jeremy Larance



Chapter 17 - The Galleries by Kim Munson



Chapter 18 - The Conferences by Julia Round and Chris Murray



Chapter 19 - The Journals by Alec R. Hosterman



Chapter 20 - The Presses by Joseph Michael Sommers



Featuring additional sidebars from José Alaniz, Jacqueline Berndt, Christina Blanch, Ian Hague, A. David Lewis, and William Proctor along with 'Pioneer Perspectives' from trailblazing scholars James "Bucky" Carter, Peter M. Coogan, Maurice Horn, M. Thomas Inge, David Kunzle, Pascal Lefèvre, John Lent, and Waldomiro Vergueiro.

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Biography

Matthew J. Smith is Professor and Director in the School of Communication at Radford University in Virginia. Along with Randy Duncan, he is co-editor of Routledge’s Advances in Comics Studies series. Previously, the two writing partners teamed with former DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz to produce The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture (2nd Edition).



Randy Duncan is Professor of Communication and Director of the Comics Studies Minor at Henderson State University. He is co-editor, with Matthew J. Smith, of the Eisner-nominated Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods. He is a co-founder, with Peter M. Coogan, of the Comics Arts Conference and received the Inkpot Award for contributions to Comics Studies.