By Christopher Pizzino
Mainstream narratives of the picture novel’s improvement describe the form’s “coming of age,” its maturation from pulp infancy to literary maturity. In Arresting Development, Christopher Pizzino questions those validated narratives, arguing that the medium’s background of censorship and marginalization endures within the minds of its present-day readers and, crucially, its authors. Comics and their writers stay stressed via the stigma of literary illegitimacy and the struggles for prestige that marked their previous history.
Many image novelists are intensely conscious of either the medium’s prior and their very own tenuous prestige in modern tradition. Arresting Development offers case experiences of 4 key works—Frank Miller’s Batman: The darkish Knight Returns, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Charles Burns’s Black Hole, and Gilbert Hernandez’s Love and Rockets—exploring how their authors have interaction the matter of comics’ cultural status. Pizzino illuminates the separation of low and high tradition, artwork and pulp, and complex appreciation and vulgar intake as continuous affects that ascertain the boundaries of literature, the prestige of readers, and the worth of the very act of reading.
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Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature (World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction) by Christopher Pizzino