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Classics and Comics (George Kovacs C. W. Marshall (eds)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2011) 9780199734191
Classics and Comics (George Kovacs C. W. Marshall (eds)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2011) 9780199734191
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Title: Classics and Comics

Author: Kovacs, George C. W. Marshall (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2011

Paperback; ISBN: 9780199734191

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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Since at least 1939, when daily-strip caveman Alley Oop time-traveled to the Trojan War, comics have been drawing (on) material from Greek and Roman myth, literature and history. At times the connection is cosmetic-as perhaps with Wonder Woman's Amazonian heritage-and at times it is almost irrelevant-as with Hercules' starfaring adventures in the 1982 Marvel miniseries. But all of these make implicit or explicit claims about the place of classics in modern literary culture.Classics and Comics is the first book to explore the engagement of classics with the epitome of modern popular literature, the comic book. The volume collects sixteen articles, all specially commissioned for this volume, that look at how classical content is deployed in comics and reconfigured for a modern audience. It opens with a detailed historical introduction surveying the role of classical material in comics since the 1930s. Subsequent chapters cover a broad range of topics, including the incorporation of modern theories of myth into the creation and interpretation of comic books, the appropriation of characters from classical literature and myth, and the reconfiguration of motif into a modern literary medium. Among the well-known comics considered in the collection are Frank Miller's 300 and Sin City , DC Comics' Wonder Woman , Jack Kirby's The Eternals , Neil Gaiman's Sandman , and examples of Japanese manga. The volume also includes an original 12-page "comics-essay," drawn and written by Eisner Award-winning Eric Shanower, creator of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze . Table of ContentsPreface, C.W. Marshall and George KovacsAcknowledgments1. Comics and Classics: Establishing a Critical Frame, George KovacsSeeing the Past through Sequential Art2. An Ancient Greek Graphic Novel (P. Oxy . XXII 2331), Gideon Nisbet3. Sequential Narrative and the Shield of Achilles, Kyle Johnson4. Declassicizing the classical in Japanese comics, Nicholas A. Theisen5. Heroes Un limited, Brett M. RogersGods and Superheroes6. The Furies, Wonder Woman, and Dream, C. W. Marshall7. Coming up to Code: Ancient Divinities Revisited, Craig Dethloff8. The Burden of War: From Homer to Oeming, R. Clinton Simms9. 'Seven Thunders Utter Their Voices', Benjamin StevensDrawing (on) History10. Hard-Boiled Hot Gates, Vincent Tomasso11. Persians in Frank Miller's 300 and Greek vase-painting, Emily Fairey12. A Dream of Augustus, Anise K. Strong13. Francophone Romes: Antiquity in les Bandes Dessinees, Martin DinterThe Desires of Troy14. Twenty-First Century Troy, Eric Shanower15. Sex and Love in Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze, Chiara Sulprizio16. Heavy Metal Homer, Thomas E. JenkinsA reading list of Classics in ComicsContributorsBibliographyIndex
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