Holy Hypertexts! The Pose of Post-Modernity in Comics and Graphic Novels of the 1980s

Christopher Murray, Hamid Van-Koten (Editor)

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    Abstract

    This paper contends that the so-called 'post-modernity' of the comics Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, is in question. These texts, which were hugely influential on the superhero genre and Western comics as a whole when they appeared in the mid-1980s, have often been seen as post-modern because of their self-referentiality and self-conscious metafictionality. This paper argues that these texts were in part reacting against the already 'post-modern' conventions of the superhero genre, and in the well-worn traditions of this genre, critics used post-modernism as a mask to disguise their secret identity as rather formal, traditional narratives, cast adrift in an already subversive medium.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReflections on creativity
    Subtitle of host publicationart design and media architecture
    EditorsHamid van Koten, Sandra McNeil
    PublisherDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
    ISBN (Print)1899837566
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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    Murray, C., & Van-Koten, H. (Ed.) (2007). Holy Hypertexts! The Pose of Post-Modernity in Comics and Graphic Novels of the 1980s. In H. V. Koten, & S. McNeil (Eds.), Reflections on creativity : art design and media architecture Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. http://artanddesign.dundee.ac.uk/reflections/abstracts/ChrisMurray.htm