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Bukatman, Scott: The Poetics of Slumberland. Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2012. (266 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0520265718
BibTeX citation key: Bukatman2012a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Dream of the Rarebit Fiend", "Little Nemo in Slumberland", Animation, McCay. Winsor, Superheld, USA, Utopie, Zeitungsstrip
Creators: Bukatman
Publisher: Univ. of California Press (Berkeley)
Attachments   URLs   http://www.ucpress.edu/excerpt.php?isbn=9780520265721#readchapte ...
Abstract
In The Poetics of Slumberland, Scott Bukatman celebrates play, plasmatic possibility, and the life of images in cartoons, comics, and cinema. Bukatman begins with Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland to explore how and why the emerging media of comics and cartoons brilliantly captured a playful, rebellious energy characterized by hyperbolic emotion, physicality, and imagination. Slumberland is more than a marvelous world for Nemo and its citizens, it’s an aesthetic space defined through the artist’s innovations; an animated space that opens to embrace the imaginative sensibility of a reader; and it’s a temporary space of play. The book broadens to consider similar “animated” behaviors in seemingly disparate media—films about Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh; the musical My Fair Lady and the story of Frankenstein; the slapstick comedies of Jerry Lewis; and contemporary comic superheroes—drawing them all together as the purveyors of embodied utopias of disorder.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations (xi)
Appreciations (xv)

Introduction: The Lively, the Playful, and the Animated (1)
1. Drawn and Disorderly (27)
2. The Motionless Voyage of Little Nemo (77)
3. Labor and Anima (106)
4. Disobedient Machines (135)
5. Labor and Animatedness (164)
6. Playing Superheroes (182)

Notes (213)
Bibliography (239)
Index (251)
  
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