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Reading lessons in seeing : mirrors, masks, and mazes in the autobiographical graphic novel

Author: Michael A Chaney
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018] ©2016
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"Literary scholar Michael Chaney examines graphic novels to illustrate that in form and function they are essentially instructive, informing readers on how they ought to be read. The result is an innovative analysis of the various knowledges that comics produce and the methods they employ to convey them. Theoretically eclectic, this study attends to the lessons taught by both the form and content of today's most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chaney, Michael A.
Reading lessons in seeing.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2017
(DLC) 2016057481
(OCoLC)966275663
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Chaney
ISBN: 9781496810250 1496810252 9781496810267 1496810260 9781496810274 1496810279 9781496818508 1496818504
OCLC Number: 1153511319
Notes: Originally published: 2016.
Description: ix, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Mirror, mask and Mise en Abyme in autobiographical graphic novels --
The child in and as the comics --
Picture games in story frames and the play spaces of autography --
The work behind the work of graphic Künstlerroman --
Visual pedagogies of impossible community in Incognegro and March --
Coda: Richard McGuire's Here as an autography of place.
Responsibility: Michael A. Chaney.

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"Literary scholar Michael Chaney examines graphic novels to illustrate that in form and function they are essentially instructive, informing readers on how they ought to be read. The result is an innovative analysis of the various knowledges that comics produce and the methods they employ to convey them. Theoretically eclectic, this study attends to the lessons taught by both the form and content of today's most celebrated graphic novels. Chaney analyzes the embedded lessons in comics and graphic novels through the form's central tropes: the iconic child storyteller and the inherent childishness of comics in American culture; the use of mirrors and masks as ciphers of the unconscious; embedded puzzles and games in otherwise story-driven comic narratives; and the form's self-reflexive propensity for showing its work, revealing the labor that goes into producing the comics text as part of its embedded lesson on how to read the 'work' as a whole. Throughout, Chaney draws from a range of theoretical insights from psychoanalysis and semiotics to theories of reception and production from film studies, art history, and media studies. Some of the major texts examined include Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Joe Sacco's Palestine, David B.'s Epileptic, Kyle Baker's Nat Turner, and many more. As Chaney's examples show, graphic novels teach us even as they create meaning in their infinite relay between words and pictures"--

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