This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature

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Bloomsbury Academic, Dec 15, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 248 pages
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This Book Contains Graphic Language looks at different literary forms and genres—including journalism, fiction, memoirs, and film—in relation to their comic book counterparts. By demonstrating the ways in which comic books (and graphic novels) both reflect upon, and expand the boundaries of literature, Rocco Versaci demonstrates that comics have earned the right to be taken just as seriously as any other literary form.
As comics and graphic novels become more popular than ever, literary critics are finding that they now have a new subject to examine. But while many advocates of the medium maintain that comics are a true art form, there have been no detailed comparisons among comics and "legitimate" types of literature. Filling this void, This Book Contains Graphic Language examines different literary forms in relation to their comic book counterparts. These literatures include prose memoir, Holocaust memoir, journalism, film, and-for lack of a better term-the "classics." Each richly-illustrated chapter outlines the key issues of one of these forms and then explores how comic books have been able to reflect and expand upon those issues in unique ways.

The comics discussed include Eightball by Daniel Clowes, Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, American Splendor by Harvey Pekar, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Palestine by Joe Sacco, Frontline Combat and Two-Fisted Tales from EC Comics, Sandman by Neil Gaiman and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore.  By examining the ways in which these and other comic books and graphic novels expand the boundaries of literature, English professor Rocco Versaci demonstrates that the medium of comics has earned the right to be regarded as an important artistic and literary form.

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Review: This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature

User Review  - Aleta Fera - Goodreads

This book should have been a homerun for me, as I like lit and comics. Stopped reading halfway through the first chapter...how he manages to make comics boring takes a special talent. Read full review

Review: This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature

User Review  - h - Goodreads

probably really a 3.5, but i'm ok with bumping this one up slightly. accessible academic writing about comics compared to an array of topics (memoir, film, literature). a bit repetitive (i get it ... Read full review

Contents

Creating a Special Reality
34
ReMaustering the Past
81
The New Journalism Revisited
109
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Rocco Versaci, PhD is Professor of English at Paolmar Community College in San Marcos, California, where he developed what is now one of the department's most popular classes: English 290 - Comic Books as Literature.

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