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Younus, Zainab: "(Re)Interpreting Dante’s Inferno in Gaiman’s Season of Mists." In: Framescapes. Graphic Narrative Intertexts. Hrsg. v. Mikhail Peppas und Sanabelle Ebrahim. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Pr. 2016, S. 85–92.
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Keywords: "The Sandman", Dante, Gaiman. Neil, Großbritannien, Intertextualität, Literatur
Creators: Ebrahim, Peppas, Younus
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Pr. (Oxford)
Collection: Framescapes. Graphic Narrative Intertexts
The postmodern era is built on the premise that while meaning is mutable, yet at the same time (to paraphrase Donne) no text is an island. This propagates the belief that an act of creation does not take place in isolation, especially for writers, who are inevitably linked equally with the age and time to which they belong, as well as to the tradition of past literatures. Riddled with references to other literary or popular texts, Gaiman’s works create meaning based on the knowledge he possesses as writer and creator. The chapter presents a comparative analysis, through the lens of intertextuality, of Dante’s The Inferno with the Graphic Novel series The Sandman Vol. 4 ‘Season of Mist’. The research questions that guide the analysis are to compare the selected works in terms of how the classic is transmuted into the current with the aim to highlight the prevalent themes of the postmodern era and the shape given to them in the selected work. The theoretical framework based on the hermeneutic circle and the theory of intertextuality has been utilised to explore what this still new and emerging form of the graphic novel contributes to narrative representation, and the understanding its readers can gain about the contemporary world from works that are both verbal and visual.
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