By Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester
When paintings Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part photograph novel concerning the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew more and more renowned and awesome. the increase of "serious" comics has generated transforming into degrees of curiosity as students, newshounds, and public intellectuals proceed to discover the heritage, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium.
but those that write in regards to the comics usually imagine research of the medium did not commence until eventually the cultural stories stream was once underway. Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a favored Medium brings jointly approximately dozen essays through 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 indicates that comics have supplied a key battleground within the tradition wars for over a century.
With substantial essays by means 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 subject matters as some extent of access into wider debates over glossy artwork, cultural criteria, lifestyle, and mass verbal exchange.
Arguing Comics exhibits how favorite writers from the Jazz Age and the melancholy period to the heyday of the recent York Intellectuals within the Nineteen Fifties thought of comics and, through 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 lots of different venues.
Kent Worcester, a professor of political technology 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 various different publications.
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Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (Studies in Popular Culture) by Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester