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From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels

Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative

Edited by: Daniel Stein and Jan-Noël Thon
This essay collection examines the theory and history of graphic narrative – realized in various different formats, including comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels – as one of the most interesting and versatile forms of storytelling in contemporary media culture. The contributions assembled in this volume test the applicability of narratological concepts to graphic narrative, examine aspects of graphic narrative beyond the ‘single work,’ consider the development of particular narrative strategies within individual genres, and trace the forms and functions of graphic narrative across cultures. Analyzing a wide range of texts, genres, and narrative strategies from both theoretical and historical perspectives, the international group of scholars gathered here offers state-of-the-art research on graphic narrative in the context of an increasingly postclassical and transmedial narratology.
combines narratological analysis with historical exploration of graphic narrative investigates the development of narrative styles across genres covers graphic narrative beyond single national traditions

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Daniel Stein, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; Jan-Noël Thon, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.


"From Comic Strips to Graph ic Novels erforscht zum einen die Geschichte des graphischen Erzahlens, liefert zum anderen aber auch einen wichtigen theoretischen Grundlagenbeitrag zu einer transmedialen Narratologie, die davon ausgehend weiterentwickelt werden kann." Anna Stemmann in: Jahrbuch der GKJF (2017), 222-223

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