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Van Ness, Sara J. Watchmen as Literature. A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2010. (219 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-4475-5
BibTeX citation key: VanNess2010a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Watchmen", Gibbons. Dave, Großbritannien, Intermedialität, Moore. Alan, Superheld
Creators: Van Ness
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
Watchmen has been hailed as the quintessential graphic novel and has spawned a body of literary criticism since its 1986 release. This work explores the graphic novel’s reception in both popular and scholarly arenas and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affect the reading experience. Other topics include heroism as a stereotype and social construction, the hero’s journey, the role of the narrator, and the way in which the graphic layout manipulates the reader’s perception of time and space.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1. Invading the Ivory Tower 5
2. Images & Words 23
3. A Language All Its Own 46
4. The Watchmen 61
5. Parallel Histories 77
6. Hooded Honor 101
7. Not So Black and White 120
8. Faceless Heroes 145
9. Measuring Up: Zack Snyder’s Watchmen 171

Closing Remarks 190
Chapter Notes 191
Works Cited 197
Selected Annotated Bibliography of Watchmen Scholarship and Related Resources 203
Index 209
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