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The graphic novel

The graphic novel

Baetens, Jan, author; Frey, Hugo, author

This introduction provides a historical overview of the graphic novel, with a strong focus on its international significance. This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyse graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: what is the graphic novel? How do we read graphic novels as narrative forms? Why is page design and publishing format so significant? What theories are developing to explain the genre? How is this form blurring the categories of high and popular literature? Why are graphic novelists nostalgic for the old comics? The authors address these and many other questions raised by the genre. Through their analysis of the works of many well-known graphic novelists - including Bechdel, Clowes, Spiegelman and Ware - Baetens and Frey offer significant insights for future teaching and research on the graphic novel

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Published New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: by Jan Baetens, University of Leuven, Belgium ; Hugo Frey, University of Chichester, UK
ISBN: 9781107655768, 9781316121191
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: ix, 286 pages : illustrations
Series: Cambridge introductions to literature
Subject: Comic books, strips, etc. History and criticism.; LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.; Literary studies: general; Art and Design; Graphic novel & Manga artwork; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literature: history & criticism; Graphic novels History and criticism.; Ireland; Graphic novel & Comic book: types; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107025233