Critical Directions in Comics Studies

Thom Giddens (Editor)

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Contributions by Paul Fisher Davies, Lisa DeTora, Yasemin J. Erden, Adam Gearey, Thomas Giddens, Peter Goodrich, Maggie Gray, Matthew J. A. Green, Vladislav Maksimov, Timothy D. Peters, Christopher Pizzino, Nicola Streeten, and Lydia Wysocki

Recent decades have seen comics studies blossom, but within the ecosystems of this growth, dominant assumptions have taken root—assumptions around the particular methods used to approach the comics form, the ways we should read comics, how its “system” works, and the disciplinary relationships that surround this evolving area of study. But other perspectives have also begun to flourish. These approaches question the reliance on structural linguistics and the tools of English and cultural studies in the examination and understanding of comics.

In this edited collection, scholars from a variety of disciplines examine comics by addressing materiality and form as well as the wider economic and political contexts of comics’ creation and reception. Through this lens, influenced by poststructuralist theories, contributors explore and elaborate other possibilities for working with comics as a critical resource, consolidating the emergence of these alternative modes of engagement in a single text. This opens comics studies to a wider array of resources, perspectives, and modes of engagement.

Included in this volume are essays on a range of comics and illustrations as well as considerations of such popular comics as Deadpool, Daredevil, and V for Vendetta, and analyses of comics production, medical illustrations, and original comics. Some contributions even unfold in the form of comics panels.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationJackson
PublisherUniversity Press of Mississippi
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)9781496829009, 9781496828996
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • aesthetics
  • biopolitics
  • continental philosophy
  • critical theory
  • critical legal studies
  • critical realism
  • cultural legal studies
  • existentialism
  • feminism
  • health humanities
  • legal theology
  • marxism
  • phenomenology
  • politics
  • representation
  • revolution
  • socio-cultural theory
  • socio-linguistics
  • sovereignty
  • violence
  • visuality
  • comics studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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