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Ecke, Jochen: "Comics Studies’ Identity Crisis. A Meta-Theoretical Survey." In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 59.1 (2011), S. 71–84. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1515/zaa.2011.59.1.71
BibTeX citation key: Ecke2011
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Categories: General
Keywords: Comicforschung
Creators: Ecke
Collection: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
This article reflects on comics studies’ tendency for self-apology and a latent inferiority complex. It offers a survey of contemporary comics criticism and textbooks as well as a critique of a tendency towards an assimilation of comics studies by literary studies. It highlights the ways in which interdisciplinary approaches and a critical engagement with the foundational texts of comics studies, as well as recent scholarly endeavors to provide a theoretical grounding to comics studies apart from literary studies, can help the discipline. In particular, it advances the hope that comics can come to be recognized as an image-based medium with a need for its own critical vocabulary.
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