An Instinct for Dragons

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 188 pages
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In a society where a comic equates with knockabout amusment for children, the sudden pre-eminence of adult comics, on everything from political satire to erotic fantasy, has predictably attracted an enormous amount of attention.

Adult comics are part of the cultural landscape in a way that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. In this first survey of its kind, Roger Sabin traces the history of comics for older readers from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. He takes in the pioneering titles pre-First World War, the underground 'comix' of the 1960s and 1970s, 'fandom' in the 1970s and 1980s, and the boom of the 1980s and 1990s (including 'graphic novels' and Viz.). Covering comics from the United States, Europe and Japan, Adult Comics addresses such issues as the graphic novel in context, cultural overspill and the role of women.

By taking a broad sweep, Sabin demonstrates that the widely-held notion that comics 'grew up' in the late 1980s is a mistaken one, largely invented by the media. Adult Comics: An Introduction is intended primarily for student use, but is written with the comic enthusiast very much in mind.

  

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Generally, the idea of a race is to get to the finish line, not to see how far you can go beyond it. The book opens with the observation that vervet monkeys, and some other primates, seem to have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Josiah Degraaf - Goodreads

This was an interesting book. It had too much of an emphasis on human evolution for how the concepts of dragons originated, but had a really good biography for those interested in looking at more books on dragons. Fascinating research, even if I disagree with a lot of it. 2.5 Stars. (Okay) Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Monkey Hunters
25
Running from Certain Shadows
39
Red Tooth Red Claw
47
How Time Makes a Dragon
55
Why Dragons Breathe Fire
73
Time of the Dragon Slayers
95
Fate of the Dragons
113
Tree of Life and the Three Sacred Realms
121
More Tales of the Great Worm
135
Bibliography
177
Index
185
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David E. Jones is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of such engaging and well-received books as: Sanapia: Comanche Medicine Woman, Visions of Time, and Women Warriors. He lives in Orlando, Florida

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