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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
18 Jahrgänge | 2016 - 2020


This series concerns Comics Studies—with a capital “c” and a capital “s.” It feels good to write it that way. From emerging as a fringe interest within Literature and Media/Cultural Studies departments, to becoming a minor field, to maturing into the fastest growing field in the Humanities, to becoming a nascent discipline, the journey has been a hard but spectacular one. Those capital letters have been earned.

Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels covers all aspects of the comic strip, comic book, and graphic novel, explored through clear and informative texts offering expansive coverage and theoretical sophistication. It is international in scope and provides a space in which scholars from all backgrounds can present new thinking about politics, history, aesthetics, production, distribution, and reception as well as the digital realm. Books appear in one of two forms: traditional monographs of 60,000 to 90,000 words and shorter works (Palgrave Pivots) of 20,000 to 50,000 words. All are rigorously peer-reviewed. Palgrave Pivots include new takes on theory, concise histories, and—not least—considered provocations. After all, Comics Studies may have come a long way, but it can't progress without a little prodding.

Series Editor Roger Sabin is Professor of Popular Culture at the University of the Arts London, UK. His books include Adult Comics: An Introduction and Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels, and he is part of the team that put together the Marie Duval Archive. He serves on the boards of key academic journals in the field, reviews graphic novels for international media, and consults on comics-related projects for the BBC, Channel 4, Tate Gallery, The British Museum and The British Library. The 'Sabin Award' is given annually at the International Graphic Novels and Comics Conference.

Alle Bücher der Reihe Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

2020 | Buch

The Phantom Comics and the New Left

A Socialist Superhero

This book is about the Phantom in Sweden, or, more correctly, about Sweden in the Phantom. Robert Aman uncovers how a peripheral American superhero – created in 1936 by Lee Falk – that has been accused of both racism and sexism has become a …

2020 | Buch

The Graphic Lives of Fathers

Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in North American Autobiographical Comics

This book explores the representation of fatherhood in contemporary North American autobiographical comics that depict paternal conduct from the post-war period up to the present. It offers equal space to autobiographical comics penned by …

2020 | Buch

Understanding Genres in Comics

This book offers a theoretical framework and numerous cases studies – from early comic books to contemporary graphic novels – to understand the uses of genres in comics. It begins with the assumption that genre is both frequently used and …

2020 | Buch

Documenting Trauma in Comics

Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage

Why are so many contemporary comics and graphic narratives written as memoirs or documentaries of traumatic events? Is there a specific relationship between the comics form and the documentation and reportage of trauma? How do the interpretive …

2019 | Buch

The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels

Considering the Role of Kitsch

This book mobilises the concept of kitsch to investigate the tensions around the representation of genocide in international graphic novels that focus on the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In response to the …

2019 | Buch

Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond

Uniting Different Cultures and Identities

Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond offers a variety of perspectives on women’s manga and the nature, scope, and significance of the relationship between women and comics/manga, both globally as well as locally. Based on the activities since 2009 of …

2019 | Buch

Comics as Communication

A Functional Approach

This book explores how comics function to make meanings in the manner of a language. It outlines a framework for describing the resources and practices of comics creation and readership, using an approach that is compatible with similar …

2018 | Buch

Visuality and Identity in Post-millennial Indian Graphic Narratives

This book investigates the intersection of Indian society, the encoding of post-millennial modernity and ‘ways of seeing’ through the medium of Indian graphic narratives. If seeing in Indian cultures is a mode of knowing then what might we decode …

2018 | Buch

Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books, 1945-1962

This book examines the role of comics in the perpetuation of the myth of the American West. In particular, it looks at the ways in which lone central characters, and their acts of violence, are posited as heroic. In doing so, the book raises …

2018 | Buch

Comics Memory

Archives and Styles

Despite the boom in scholarship in both Comics Studies and Memory Studies, the two fields rarely interact—especially with issues beyond the representation of traumatic and autobiographical memories in comics. With a focus on the roles played by …

2017 | Buch

A Theory of Narrative Drawing

This book offers an original new conception of visual story telling, proposing that drawing, depictive drawing and narrative drawing are produced in an encompassing dialogic system of embodied social behavior. It refigures the existing …

2017 | Buch

Revision and the Superhero Genre

This book argues that superhero revision offers new perspectives on the theory and practice of revision in broader contexts, in particular composition studies. Key developments in the history of superhero and composition revision reveal that both …

2017 | Buch

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground

Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent

This book explores Alan Moore’s career as a cartoonist, as shaped by his transdisciplinary practice as a poet, illustrator, musician and playwright as well as his involvement in the Northampton Arts Lab and the hippie counterculture in which it …

2016 | Buch

The Greatest Comic Book of All Time

Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books

Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a "quality comic book," while other works and creators have been left at the fringes of critical analysis.

2016 | Buch

Documentary Comics

Graphic Truth-Telling in a Skeptical Age

Can comics be documentary, and can documentary take the form of, and thus be, comics? Through a cluster of early twenty-first century comics, Mickwitz argues that these comics share a documentary ambition to visually narrate and represent aspects …

2016 | Buch

The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics

Human, Superhuman, Transhuman, Post/Human

This book examines the concepts of Post/Humanism and Transhumanism as depicted in superhero comics. Recent decades have seen mainstream audiences embrace the comic book Superhuman. Meanwhile there has been increasing concern surrounding human …

2016 | Buch

Cultures of Comics Work

This anthology explores tensions between the individualistic artistic ideals and the collective industrial realities of contemporary cultural production with eighteen all-new chapters presenting pioneering empirical research on the complexities …

2016 | Buch

Kid Comic Strips

A Genre Across Four Countries

This book looks at the humor that artists and editors believed would have appeal in four different countries. Ian Gordon explains how similar humor played out in comic strips across different cultures and humor styles. By examining Skippy and …