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Postema, Barbara: Narrative Structure in Comics. Making Sense of Fragments. (Comics Studies Monograph, 1.) Rochester: RIT, 2013. (172 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781933360959
BibTeX citation key: Postema2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Kommunikation, Narratologie
Creators: Postema
Publisher: RIT (Rochester)
Abstract
In Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments, Barbara Postema seeks to explain how comics communicate and create meaning, with an emphasis on two aspects of comics. She first examines the pictorial quality of comics, which receives more emphasis than verbal/textual elements.  Her second focus is upon the storytelling and narrative qualities of comics, as well as the literary explorations they provide. The “narrative structure” refers to the potential of images, the story telling capacities of panels, and the sequence of panels, in addition to the more traditional narratological concepts. Overall, the author presents a credible rationale for the way in which comics structure their narratives. At every level of communication, comics rely on gaps or absences to create meaning and guide the reader to a meaningful experience.

Table of Contents

Preface (ix)

Introduction: Picture Stories: Comics Considered (xi)

1. Draw a Thousand Words: Signification within Panels (1)
2. Concerning the In-Between: Layout in Frames and Gutters (27)
3. All in a Row: Creating Action through Sequences (55)
4. Combining Signs: Image-Text Relations (79)
5. Show and Tell: The Process of Narration (105)

Illustrations (127)

Appendix A: Comics Terminology (129)
Appendix B: Comics History and Genre Overview (133)

Bibliography (141)
Index (159)


  
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