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Hassoun, Dan: "Sequential outliers. The role of spoilers in comic book reading." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.2 (2013), S. 346–358. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2013.784202
BibTeX citation key: Hassoun2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Kognition, Rezeption, Sequenzialität
Creators: Hassoun
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Although many disparage ‘spoilers’ as ruining reading experiences by revealing plot details prematurely, comics readers commonly experience texts in ways that reveal story information out of order: eager readers will flip through a comic and catch glimpses of future narrative events, wandering eyes will scan panels out of order, etc. Upon closer inspection, ‘sequential’ art is often experienced in decidedly ‘non-sequential’ ways. While scholars in literary and media studies have analysed the role of spoilers in reception of books and television, the topic remains marginalized and under-explored in comics studies. This article argues that non-sequentiality and spoilers are historically and aesthetically central to comic narration, and that they facilitate, rather than impede, the pleasures we receive when engaging with such texts. Specifically, I show how non-sequential reading complicates any formal analysis of graphic storytelling, even as it increases the potential enjoyment readers may receive from comic narratives.
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