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This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyze graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: What is the graphic novel? This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyze graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: What is the graphic novel? How do we read graphic novels as narrative forms? Why is page design and publishing format so significant? What theories are developing to explain the genre? How is this form blurring the categories of high and popular literature? Why are graphic novelists nostalgic for the old comics? The authors address these and many other questions raised by the genre. Through their analysis of the works of many well-known graphic novelists - including Bechdel, Clowes, Spiegelman and Ware - Baetens and Frey offer significant insights for future teaching and research on the graphic novel.


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This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyze graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: What is the graphic novel? This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyze graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: What is the graphic novel? How do we read graphic novels as narrative forms? Why is page design and publishing format so significant? What theories are developing to explain the genre? How is this form blurring the categories of high and popular literature? Why are graphic novelists nostalgic for the old comics? The authors address these and many other questions raised by the genre. Through their analysis of the works of many well-known graphic novelists - including Bechdel, Clowes, Spiegelman and Ware - Baetens and Frey offer significant insights for future teaching and research on the graphic novel.

30 review for The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    the gift

    what it does not much contain: comic comics, daily comics, superhero comics, company comics, japanese comics. what it does much contain: history of in 20th century, comic panic '50s, underground comics, critiques, single creators, culture sharing genres, american comics, european comics... very good, easy to read, critically interesting and not fanboy, offers ideas for reading other work comic and critical. now i have to read more chris ware...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This introductory text will serve as a basis for the long research paper I am currently forumulating on the graphic novel's relationship to the novel and how Watchmen informs this relationship. I learned so much about the graphic novel's history and criticism, and even learned a bit about Watchmen as a graphic novel. I recommend this to anyone who would like to learn more about graphic novels and their literary origin and significance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dyan

    Finally, one course book done.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    I am very underwhelmed by this text. My main gripe is its handling of and arguments for the term "graphic novel," the book's keystone. The authors' definition is sketchy and ill-defined. What's more, it's highly exclusive, if not overtly, then in the rhetoric they use to flesh out the term. The strongest part of this text is its historical coverage, especially as it makes the case for paperback collections (of Peanuts, of Doonesbury) within the medium's evolution. I'll be writing a review of thi I am very underwhelmed by this text. My main gripe is its handling of and arguments for the term "graphic novel," the book's keystone. The authors' definition is sketchy and ill-defined. What's more, it's highly exclusive, if not overtly, then in the rhetoric they use to flesh out the term. The strongest part of this text is its historical coverage, especially as it makes the case for paperback collections (of Peanuts, of Doonesbury) within the medium's evolution. I'll be writing a review of this book for ImageTexT, and in that I'll enumerate my issues with Baetens and Frey's arguments.

  5. 4 out of 5

    GONZA

    The perfect book for everybody who wants to be introduced to graphic novel and the way they are different from comics and strips. Interesting, clear and well written and with a lot of suggested reading, wich really made my day. Il libro perfetto per chi vuole avere una chiara introduzione al mondo delle graphic novel e delle ragioni per cui sono diverse dai fumetti e dalle strisce. Interessante e ben scritta e, soprattutto, con un sacco di letture suggerite che mi hanno reso molto felice.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina "6 word reviewer" Lake

    Appropriately celebrates brave new graphic genre.

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Maki

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eszter Szép

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