By Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester
When artwork Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part image novel in regards to the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew more and more well known and awesome. the increase of "serious" comics has generated starting to be degrees of curiosity as students, newshounds, and public intellectuals proceed to discover the historical past, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium.
but those that write in regards to the comics frequently think research of the medium did not commence until eventually the cultural experiences stream used to be underway. Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a favored Medium brings jointly approximately dozen essays via significant writers and intellectuals who analyzed, embraced, or even attacked comedian strips and comedian books within the interval among the flip of the century and the Nineteen Sixties. From e. e. cummings, who championed George Herriman's Krazy Kat, to Irving Howe, who fretted approximately Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie, this quantity exhibits that comics have supplied a key battleground within the tradition wars for over a century.
With sizeable essays by way of Umberto Eco, Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler, Gilbert Seldes, Dorothy Parker, Irving Howe, Delmore Schwartz, and others, this anthology indicates how all of those writers took up comics-related issues as some extent of access into wider debates over sleek artwork, cultural criteria, lifestyle, and mass communique.
Arguing Comics indicates how favorite writers from the Jazz Age and the melancholy period to the heyday of the hot York Intellectuals within the Nineteen Fifties thought of comics and, through extension, pop culture as an entire.
A columnist for the National Post (Canada), Jeet Heer has been released in Slate, the Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Comics Journal and lots of different venues.
Kent Worcester, a professor of political technological know-how and foreign reviews at Marymount big apple university, is the writer of C. L. R. James: A Political Biography. His paintings has seemed within the Comics Journal, New Statesman, Popular tradition Review, and various different publications.
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Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (Studies in Popular Culture) by Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester