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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Understanding Genres in Comics

Authors: Labarre, Nicolas

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  • Looks to devise a new model to analyse comics through genres in an approach based on the comic as a medium rather than films
  • Examines the continued use of genres at a time when data-driven cartographies of consumption patterns can be drawn
  • Builds upon comics scholarship and uses case studies in horror comics, examining production and audiences
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This book offers a theoretical framework and numerous cases studies – from early comic books to contemporary graphic novels – to understand the uses of genres in comics. It begins with the assumption that genre is both frequently used and undertheorized in the medium. Drawing from existing genre theories, particularly in film studies, the book pays close attention to the cultural, commercial, and technological specificities of comics in order to ground its account of the dynamics of genre in the medium. While chronicling historical developments, including the way public discourses shaped the horror genre in comics in the 1950s and the genre-defining function of crossovers, the book also examines contemporary practices, such as the use of hashtags and their relations to genres in self-published online comics.

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Nicolas Labarre is an assistant lecturer at University Bordeaux Montaigne, France, where he teaches American society and culture. He is the author of Heavy Metal, l’autre Métal Hurlant (2017), a cultural history of Heavy Metal magazine, and of numerous articles on genres and intermediality in comics.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Genres in Comics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43554-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43554-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43553-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 157
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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