Sequential Art: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Graphic Novel


Sequential Art: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Graphic Novel


Edited by Kathrin Muschalik and Florian Fiddrich

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

Mirroring the hybridity of the graphic novel, this essay collection examines sequential art from an interdisciplinary point of view, including topics like narratology, intertextuality, interculturality, and identity construction.


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No matter whether you call it picture book, manga, strip, graphic novel, or simply comic, it is undeniable that over the past thirty years, the image of sequential art in all its varieties has changed from a cheap form of entertainment for youngsters to a medium as cherished as novels and films. This timely publication aims to engage critically with issues in and around the production and perception of all types of graphic narratives. Mirroring the hybridity and complexity of graphic novels themselves, this essay collection brings together the works of scholars from various fields ranging from literature and culture to history, from social science to art. From manifold perspectives, it elaborates on topics like the perception and production of comics in and by different cultures, intertextuality and narrative techniques, the construction of identities within and by graphic narratives as well as the interpretation and depiction of historical landmarks by comic book artists.

Florian Fiddrich and Kathrin Muschalik

Part I Frames, Styles and Authenticity

The Adventures of the Graphic Novel in Turkey
Nüzhet Berrin Aksoy

Part II Literature and the Graphic Novel

Shelley’s Progeny: Using the Comic to Re-Animate Frankenstein’s Vision
John Harnett

Reimagination of Hell in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in Hell 
Joseph G. Altnether

Part III Identity and the Graphic Novel

From the Damsel in Distress to Kickass Babes: The Cultural Expansion and Internatinalization of the Heroine through Sexuality in the Graphic Novel
Justin Oney

Non-Normative Identity and Construction of Reality in Serena Valentino’s and Ted Naifeh’s GloomCookie
Juliane Regener and Kathrin Muschalik

Looking through the Enemy’s Eyes: Cinematic Views and Character Identification in Manga Naruto
Yi-Shan Tsai

Part IV War and Reverberation

Graphic Adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report: Relevance, Risks and Responsibilities
Sudha Shastri

The Vietnam War: Not a Space for Superheroes
Björn Hochschild

Kathrin Muschalik studied History as well as American literature and culture at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Affiliated with the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as the Ruhr-University Bochum, she has been working on her doctoral thesis on the representation of the Rodney King incident and the ‘L.A. riots’ in the reporting of the Los Angeles Times since 2012.

Florian Fiddrich studied German and Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Currently, he is working on his doctoral thesis on second language acquisition.