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Beaty, Bart

Works: 34 works in 178 publications in 3 languages and 11,327 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  Graphic novels  Comic books, strips, etc  Comics (Graphic works)  Detective and mystery comic books, strips, etc  History  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Contributor
Classifications: PN6725, 741.50973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bart Beaty
Of Comics and Men : a Cultural History of American Comic Books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originally published in France and long sought in English translation, Jean-Paul Gabilliet's Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books documents the rise and development of the American comic book industry from the 1930s to the present. The book intertwines aesthetic issues and critical biographies with the concerns of production, distribution, and audience reception, making it one of the few interdisciplinary studies of the art form. A thorough preface by translators and comics scholars Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen brings the book up to date. The book is organized into three sections: a concise history of the evolution of the comic book form in America; an overview of the distribution and consumption of American comic books, detailing specific controversies such as the creation of the Comics Code in the mid-1950s; and the problematic legitimization of the form that has occurred recently within the academy and in popular discourse. Viewing comic books from a variety of theoretical lenses, Gabilliet shows how seemingly disparate issues--creation, production, and reception--are in fact connected in ways that are not necessarily true of other art forms. Analyzing examples from a variety of genres, this book provides a thorough landmark overview of American comic books that sheds new light on this versatile art form"--Back cover
Comics versus art by Bart Beaty( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: On the surface, the relationship between comics and the 'high' arts once seemed simple; comic books and strips could be mined for inspiration, but were not themselves considered legitimate art objects. Though this traditional distinction has begun to erode, the worlds of comics and art continue to occupy vastly different social spaces. Comics Versus Art examines the relationship between comics and the most important institutions of the art world; including museums, auction houses, and the art press. Bart Beaty's analysis centers around two questions: why were comics excluded from the history of art for most of the twentieth century, and what does it mean that comics production is now more closely aligned with the art world? Approaching this relationship for the first time through the lens of the sociology of culture, Beaty advances a completely novel approach to the comics form
Critical survey of graphic novels : heroes & superheroes( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heroes and superheroes provides insight into more than 130 of the most popular and studied graphic novels. These essays look beyond the pop culture aspects of the medium to show the wide range of literary themes and artistic styles used to convey beliefs and conflicts, some harking back to ancient times. They challenge the researcher to see beyond the panels of a comic book, and show readers how the themes of ancient literary tradition are still alive in the literature of graphic novels
Fredric Wertham and the critique of mass culture by Bart Beaty( Book )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a re-examination of the critic whose Congressional testimony sparked the Comics Code. Bart Beaty traces the evolution of Wertham's attitudes toward popular culture and reassesses his place in the debate about pop culture's effects on youth and society. When The Seduction of the Innocent was published in 1954, Wertham (1895-1981) became instantly known as an authority on child psychology. Although he had published several books before Seduction, its sharp criticism of popular culture in general--and comic books in particular--made it a touchstone for debate about issues of censorship, child protection, and freedom of speech. This book reinterprets his intellectual legacy and challenges notions about his alleged cultural conservatism. Drawing upon Wertham's published works as well as his unpublished private papers, correspondence, and notes, Beaty reveals a man whose opinions, life, and career offer more subtlety of thought than previously assumed. In particular, the book examines Wertham's change of heart in the 1970s, when he began to claim that comics could be a positive influence in American society
The system of comics by Thierry Groensteen( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This edition of Thierry Groensteen's The System of Comics makes available in English a groundbreaking work on comics by one of the medium's foremost scholars. In this book, originally published in France in 1999, Groensteen ranges broadly through the history of comics to explain the subtle, complex workings of the medium and its unique way of combining visual, verbal, spatial, and chronological expressions." "The System of Comics uses examples from a wide variety of countries including the United States, England, Japan, France, and Argentina. It describes and analyzes the properties and functions of speech and thought balloons, panels, strips, and pages to examine the medium's fundamental processes."--Jacket
Critical survey of graphic novels : history, theme, and technique( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers in-depth insight into themes and topics related to graphic novels. It provides insight into various aspects of the industry, from craftsmanship such as lettering, inking, and illustration styles, to the production and distribution of graphic novels and the significance and history of comic book conventions
Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private investigator John Blacksad puts one of his nine lives on the line in this sizzling story of hot jazz and cold-blooded murder. Writer Juan Díaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido join creative forces once again to deliver A Silent Hell, a grim tale of 1950s noir set against the colorful backdrop of New Orleans's fabled music scene. Hired to track down a missing pianist, Blacksad quickly finds himself in the midst of voodoo, drugs, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides. In addition to Eisner and Harvey awards, Blacksad and its creators have garnered a lengthy list of international honors, and the graphic albums featuring their feline detective have been translated into over twenty different languages. Now, A Silent Hell hits American shores fresh from its triumphant release in Europe, where it debuted as a best-selling book in France. This edition also includes two never-before-collected Blacksad shorts as well as the complete translation of The Watercolor Story, an extensive art book originally published in France and Spain, filled with preliminary watercolor sketches, with text by illustrator Juanjo Guarnido detailing his meticulous production of the story in this volume
Critical survey of graphic novels : independents and underground classics( Book )

16 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This three volume set covers over 215 well-regarded works of the independent and underground genre of graphic novels, summarizing plots and analyzing the works in terms of their literary integrity and overall contribution to the graphic novel landscape
Critical survey of graphic novels : manga( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides insight into the most popular and studied manga graphic novels. The manga tradition includes josei manga, which targets a mature female audience, shoujo-ai manga, which focuses on the spiritual, sexual, or emotional aspects of relationships, shonen-ai, manga created by female authors that focuses on homoerotic or homoromantic male relationships, and kodomo manga, created exclusively for a young audience
Unpopular culture : transforming the European comic book in the 1990s by Bart Beaty( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Unpopular Culture addresses the transformation of the status of the comic book in Europe since 1990. Increasingly, comic book artists seek to render un-popular a traditionally degraded aspect of popular culture, transforming it through the adoption of values borrowed from the field of 'high art.' The first English-language book to explore these issues, Unpopular Culture represents a challenge to received histories of art and popular culture that downplay significant historical anomalies in favour of more conventional narratives. In tracing the efforts of a large number of artists to disrupt the hegemony of high culture, Bart Beaty raises important questions about cultural value and its place as an important structuring element in contemporary social processes."--Jacket
David Cronenberg's A history of violence by Bart Beaty( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Arguably the most famous and critically acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, David Cronenberg is celebrated equally for his early genre films, like Scanners (1981) and The Fly (1986), and his dark artistic vision in films such as Dead Ringers (1988) and Crash (1996). The 2005 film A History of Violence was a mainstream success that marked Cronenberg's return to the commercial fold of Hollywood after years of independent art house filmmaking. His international reputation grew and his work was honoured with numerous awards and two Oscar nominations. David Cronenberg's 'A History of Violence' - the lead title in the new Canadian Cinema series - presents readers with a lively study of some of the filmmaker's favourite themes: violence, concealment, transformation, sex, and guilt." "Bart Beaty introduces us to Cronenberg's film, situating it in the context of its aesthetic influences, and argues for its uniquely English-Canadian qualities. The author contends that A History of Violence is a nuanced study of masquerade and disguise, a film that thwarts our expectations of film genre as much as it challenges our perception of national geography and cultural mythology. As a contribution to the Canadian Cinema series, the volume also presents readers with an overview of Cronenberg's career, the production history of the film, a discussion of its critical reception, and a filmography." "David Cronenberg's 'A History of Violence' is a book for fans, critics, and cinephiles alike."--Jacket
Canadian television today by Bart Beaty( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes an in-depth look at the formidable challenges facing the Canadian television industry at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The current consensus within the industry alternates between a paternalistic model that promotes national culture and identity, and a laissez-faire approach that calls for a large-scale de regulation of the industry. To better understand why the industry is confronted with this difficult choice, the authors begin by exploring a number of key political decisions that have helped shape the way television is integrated into the Canadian social fabric. First, they consider the complex relationship between the nation, state and culture in the political formation of a sovereign country, and the often delicate balance between culture and polity. Secondly, they look at the impact of multiculturalism and globalization on the regulatory framework and the potential development of international markets and audiences. Thirdly, they examine the nature of the audience and the cultural value of television as a 'mass' medium. Lastly, the technological environment is addressed and the subsequent impact on the cultural value of meaning is considered.; From this careful examination, the authors demonstrate that in order for the Canadian television industry to survive, it must organise itself around new conceptions of multiculturalism, globalization, and technological determinism. The authors thus contend that the industry must embrace a more heterogeneous model of languages, cultures, and viewing strategies, with the ultimate goal of re-imagining the nation by the revitalisation of one of the principal cultural conduits of national identity
The French comics theory reader( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book presents a collection of key theoretical texts on comics, spanning a period from the 1960s to the 2010s, written in French and never before translated into English. The publication brings a distinctive set of authors together uniting theoretical scholars, artists, journalists, and comics critics. Readers will gain access to important debates that have taken place among major French-language comics scholars, including Thierry Groensteen, Benoît Peeters, Jan Baetens, and Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle, over the past fifty years. The collection covers a broad range of approaches to the medium, including historical, formal, sociological, philosophical, and psychoanalytic. A general introduction provides an overall context, and, in addition, each of the five thematic sections is prefaced by a brief summary of each text and an explanation of how they have influenced later work. The translations are faithful to the originals while reading clearly in English, and, where necessary, cultural references are clarified"--Provided by publisher
Twelve-Cent Archie by Bart Beaty( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twelve-Cent Archie is not only the first scholarly study of the Archie comic, it is an innovative creative work in its own right. Inspired by Archie's own concise storytelling format, renowned comics scholar Bart Beaty divides the book into a hundred short chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of the Archie comics. Fans of the comics will be thrilled to read in-depth examinations of their favorite characters and motifs, including individual chapters devoted to Jughead's hat and Archie's sweater-vest. But the book also has plenty to interest newcomers to Riverdale, as it recounts the behind-the-scenes history of the comics and analyzes how Archie helped shape our images of the American teenager. As he employs a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, Beaty reveals that the Archie comics themselves were far more eclectic, creative, and self-aware than most critics recognize. Equally comfortable considering everything from the representation of racial diversity to the semiotics of Veronica's haircut, Twelve-Cent Archie gives a fresh appreciation for America's most endearing group of teenagers. "
How Canadians communicate by Bart Beaty( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors to this third volume of How Canadians communicate focus on the question what does Canadian popular culture have to say about the construction and negotiation of Canadian national identity?
The greatest comic book of all time : symbolic capital and the field of American comic books by Bart Beaty( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a "quality comic book," while other works and creators have been left at the fringes of critical analysis
Critical survey of graphic novels. heroes & superheroes by Bart Beaty( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origins of comics : from William Hogarth to Winsor McCay by Thierry Smolderen( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, Thierry Smolderen presents a cultural landscape whose narrative differs in many ways from those presented by other historians of the comic strip. Rather than beginning his inquiry with the popularly accepted "sequential art" definition of the comic strip, Smolderen instead wishes to engage with the historical dimensions that inform that definition. His goal is to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip, the highly recognizable species of picture stories that he sees crystallizing around 1900 in the United States. Featuring close readings of the picture stories, caricatures, and humoristic illustrations of William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer, Gustave Doré, and their many contemporaries, Smolderen establishes how these artists were immersed in a very old visual culture in which images--satirical images in particular--were deciphered in a way that was often described as hieroglyphical. Across eight chapters, he acutely points out how the effect of the printing press and the mass advent of audiovisual technologies (photography, audio recording, and cinema) at the end of the nineteenth century led to a new twentieth-century visual culture. In tracing this evolution, Smolderen distinguishes himself from other comics historians by following a methodology that explains the present state of the form of comics on the basis of its history, rather than presenting the history of the form on the basis of its present state. This study remaps the history of this influential art form"--
How should I know? by Nicolas Robel( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contexts of Canadian popular culture( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Of Comics and Men : a Cultural History of American Comic Books
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Comics versus artCritical survey of graphic novels : heroes & superheroesFredric Wertham and the critique of mass cultureThe system of comicsUnpopular culture : transforming the European comic book in the 1990sDavid Cronenberg's A history of violenceCanadian television todayHow Canadians communicate