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Regarding Frames

Regarding Frames
Regarding Frames
Regarding Frames
Regarding Frames
Regarding Frames
Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century

Part interpretive criticism, part philosophical meditation, Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century explores the ways that literary comics engage readers in the mutual construction of meaning. Kwa draws from a wide range of philosophical, critical, and theoretical texts to analyze the visual and verbal narrative strategies that artists use. She examines the work of comic artists Gabrielle Bell, Michael DeForge, Kevin Huizenga, Laura Park, and Dash Shaw who construct their particular visions of the world.


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Part interpretive criticism, part philosophical meditation, Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century explores the ways that literary comics engage readers in the mutual construction of meaning. Kwa draws from a wide range of philosophical, critical, and theoretical texts to analyze the visual and verbal narrative strategies that artists use. She examines the work of comic artists Gabrielle Bell, Michael DeForge, Kevin Huizenga, Laura Park, and Dash Shaw who construct their particular visions of the world. These creators’ experiments with form pose questions about the difference between how things appear to be and how they are. Regarding Frames makes a case for the rewards of close reading at the surface.

Shiamin Kwa is associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

RIT Press is pleased to announce Regarding Frames as the fifth book published in its Comics Studies Monograph Series. The series editor is Terrence Wandtke, professor at Judson University.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (02/2020)
ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-64-4
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 238
Illustrations: 62
Size: 7 x 10 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb

Table of Contents

ix    Preface and Acknowledgments

xix    Introduction
        Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century

1    Chapter 1
        Gabrielle Bell Makes Her Point

39    Chapter 2
        Lingering at the Surface: Kevin Huizenga’s Rhythmic Time Signatures

79    Chapter 3
        Next Level: Separations in the Work of Dash Shaw

109    Chapter 4
        The Impossible Objects of Michael DeForge

153    Chapter 5
        Tiny Voices: Laura Park and the Narratives of Scale

179    Epilogue

183    Bibliography

194    Index

 204    Colophon

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