Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium by Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester

By Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester

When artwork Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part picture novel concerning the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew more and more renowned and extraordinary. the increase of "serious" comics has generated turning out to be degrees of curiosity as students, reporters, and public intellectuals proceed to discover the heritage, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium.

but those that write in regards to the comics frequently imagine research of the medium did not start till the cultural stories flow was once underway. Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a favored Medium brings jointly approximately dozen essays by way of 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 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 great essays via 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 themes as some degree of access into wider debates over sleek paintings, cultural criteria, lifestyle, and mass verbal exchange.

Arguing Comics exhibits how sought after writers from the Jazz Age and the melancholy period to the heyday of the recent York Intellectuals within the Nineteen Fifties considered comics and, by way of extension, pop culture as a complete.

A columnist for the National Post (Canada), Jeet Heer has been released in Slate, the Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Comics Journal and plenty of different venues.

Kent Worcester, a professor of political technological know-how and overseas stories at Marymount new york collage, 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 diverse different publications.

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