By Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester
When paintings Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part picture novel concerning the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew more and more well known and amazing. the increase of "serious" comics has generated becoming degrees of curiosity as students, reporters, and public intellectuals proceed to discover the background, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium.
but those that write in regards to the comics usually suppose research of the medium did not start until eventually the cultural reports circulate 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 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 great essays by way of Umberto Eco, Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler, Gilbert Seldes, Dorothy Parker, Irving Howe, Delmore Schwartz, and others, this anthology exhibits how all of those writers took up comics-related themes as some degree of access into wider debates over smooth artwork, cultural criteria, way of life, and mass verbal exchange.
Arguing Comics exhibits how widespread writers from the Jazz Age and the melancholy period to the heyday of the recent York Intellectuals within the Fifties considered comics and, by means of 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 experiences 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 diverse different publications.
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