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Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of by Christopher Pizzino

By Christopher Pizzino

Mainstream narratives of the photo 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 careworn through the stigma of literary illegitimacy and the struggles for prestige that marked their past history.

Many picture novelists are intensely conscious of either the medium’s previous and their very own tenuous prestige in modern tradition. Arresting Development offers case reviews 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 impacts that be sure the bounds of literature, the prestige of readers, and the price of the very act of reading.

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