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Sanders, Joe (Hg.): The Sandman Papers. An Exploration of the Sandman Mythology. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2006. (201 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-56097-748-5
BibTeX citation key: Sanders2006a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Sandman", Aufsatzsammlung, Fantasy, Gaiman. Neil, Großbritannien, Mythos
Creators: Sanders
Publisher: Fantagraphics (Seattle)
Abstract
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is a phenomenon—a mass-circulation comic book that caught and held the attention of serious readers. Besides its mass appeal, The Sandman has long interested students and teachers in myriad disciplines, and they have begun sharing their reactions by writing analytical essays. This book gathers some of the best of this criticism, mostly by young scholars and all written in readable, jargon-free language. The book contains 12 wide-ranging essays of criticism, exploration, and appreciation. The first half of the book addresses aspects of Sandman more or less in order of publication and the individual essays discuss particular Sandman episodes or story arcs, such as “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “The Kindly Ones,” and “Ramadan.” The second half widens the net and examines Gaiman's Sandman stories in relation to Gaiman’s other work and work by other writers — such as Jorge Luis Borges’s interest in variable truths or Terry Pratchett’s adaptations of ancient myths for modern audiences. Others examine how Gaiman’s stories relate to other genres such as horror fiction and to social and cultural concerns about the roles of women. Each grapples with questions of how script and art combine to make The Sandman an especially complex, rewarding comic. This book of criticism is aimed at a non-academic, general readership who enjoy Gaiman’s work as modern graphic literature and want to compare intelligent literary responses to their own. There is no comparable, competing collection available.

Table of Contents

Neil Gaiman: Introduction (iii)
Joe Sanders: Preface (vii)

EPISODES & THEMES
B. Keith Murphy: The Origin of The Sandman (3)
Joe Sanders: Of Stories and Storytellers in Gaiman and Vess’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (25)
David Bratman: A Game of You—Yes, You (41)
Renata Sancken: The King Is Dead, Long Live the King: Orientalism, The Sandman, and Humanity (55)
K.A. Laity: Illusory Adversaries? Images of Female Power in Sandman: The Kindly Ones (65)
Joan Gordon: Prospero Framed in Neil Gaiman’s The Wake (79)

LARGER CONTEXTS
Alan Levitan: Aether/Ore: The Dreamworld Descends to Earth (97)
Joe Sanders: Of Parents and Children and Dreams in Mr. Punch and The Sandman (115)
Leonora Soledad Sousa e Paula: Imaginary Places and Fantastic Narratives: Reading Borges through The Sandman (135)
Stacie Hanes and Joe Sanders: Reinventing the Spiel: Old Stories, New Approaches (147)
Lyra McMullen: Omnia Mutantur: The Use of Asian Dress in the Appearance of Dream from The Sandman (171)
Joe Sutliff Sanders: Lesbian Language, Queer Imaginings, and in Death: The Time of your Life (185)
  
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