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This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyse graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: what is the graphic novel? How do we read graphic novels as narrative forms? Why is page design and publishing format so significant? What theories are developing to explain the genre? How is this form blurring the categories of high and popular literature? Why are graphic novelists nostalgic for the old comics? The authors address these and many other questions raised by the genre. Through their analysis of the works of many well-known graphic novelists - including Bechdel, Clowes, Spiegelman and Ware - Baetens and Frey offer significant insights for future teaching and research on the graphic novel.


'The Graphic Novel: An Introduction is a landmark volume which manages the enormous challenge of rendering it possible to speak productively about the graphic novel and of producing a satisfying definition of the medium. The historical and critical toolkit with which it outfits its readers is impressive in both its breadth and depth.'

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Hugo Frey and Benjamin Noys , eds., “History in the Graphic Novel,” special themed issue, Rethinking History, 6.3 (2002)

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Jean-Paul Gabilliet , Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009)

The Rise of the American Comics Artist, eds. Paul Williams and James Lyons (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010), 14

Hillary Chute , “Comics as Literature? Reading Graphic Literature,PMLA 123:2 (2008): 453–465

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H. Porter Abbott , Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. 2nd ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 56

Hillary Chute , “Temporality and Seriality in Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers,” American Periodicals 17:2 (2007): 228–244

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Roland Barthes , “An Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative,” transl. Lionel Duisit , New Literary History 6:2 (1975): 237–272

Jared Gardner , “Storylines,” Substance 40:1 (2011): 56–57

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Gardner , “Archives, Collectors, and the New Media Work of Comics,” Modern Fiction Studies 52:4 (2006): 787–806

Andrew J. Kunka , “Intertextuality and the Historical Graphic Narrative: Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner and the Styron Controversy,” College Literature 38:3 (2011): 168–93


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