By Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester
When artwork Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part image novel in regards to the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew more and more renowned and awesome. the increase of "serious" comics has generated growing to be degrees of curiosity as students, newshounds, and public intellectuals proceed to discover the background, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium.
but those that write concerning the comics usually think research of the medium did not start until eventually the cultural experiences move used to be underway. Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a favored Medium brings jointly approximately dozen essays via 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 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 indicates that comics have supplied a key battleground within the tradition wars for over a century.
With great essays through Umberto Eco, Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler, Gilbert Seldes, Dorothy Parker, Irving Howe, Delmore Schwartz, and others, this anthology indicates how all of those writers took up comics-related subject matters as some degree of access into wider debates over glossy artwork, cultural criteria, lifestyle, and mass conversation.
Arguing Comics exhibits how famous writers from the Jazz Age and the melancholy period to the heyday of the recent York Intellectuals within the Nineteen Fifties considered comics and, through 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 overseas reports at Marymount ny collage, 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 various different publications.
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Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (Studies in Popular Culture) by Jeet Heer,Kent Worcester