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Cortsen, Rikke Platz: "Multiple living, one world? On the chronotope in Alan Moore and Gene Ha’s Top 10." In: Studies in Comics 2.1 (2011), S. 135–145.
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BibTeX citation key: Cortsen2011a
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Keywords: "Top 10", Bachtin. Michail M., Canon. Zander, Großbritannien, Ha. Gene, Moore. Alan, Narratologie, Raum, Semiotik, Superheld, USA
Collection: Studies in Comics
This article examines how the fictional world complex of Neopolis and its co-worlds are constructed in the America’s Best Comics Top 10 (1991–2005) written by Alan Moore and drawn by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon. Using Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope to open up the narrative, the analysis is interested in the interdependency between time and space and how reality and fiction are intertwined in Top 10. The chronotope is the time-space construction that is measured out by the actions, speech and movement of the characters in the individual storylines, and this article will show how the combination of police series and superhero narrative allows for a multiplicity of chonotopes that, put together, help construct a very complicated structure of lived time and space. Combining a formal analysis of page layout and panel composition with an overall view of the series’ myriad of characters and stories, this article maps out the many ways in which linear time and consistent space are circumvented. The concept of fiction as understood by Paul Ricoeur is employed to explain the way fiction, fictional world and reality are linked together and how they influence each other in this comic-book series.
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