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Classics and Comics Paperback – Feb 24 2011
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"There is much to be learned from this volume, not just about the comic art form but also about classics, which is truly the best and most productive form of reception studies."--Anastasia Bakogianni, The Classical Review
"Classics and Comics is a useful compendium of essays for students of the reception of classical mythology, literature, and history in the modern world, as well as for students of narrative theory. The volume makes accessible to a wider critical audience the theoretical and practical criticism of these media from the last decade and earlier." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Whether the reader is liberal or specialized in his or her preferences regarding criticism, Classics and Comics is a dense work that will provide considerable food for thought." --World Literature in Review
"This collection of essays can persuade classicists who have yet to venture into comics to go boldly." --Mouseion
About the Author
George Kovacs teaches at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. C.W. Marshall is Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Theatre at the University of British Columbia.
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The book, edited by Kovacs and marshall, opens with papers on the representational problem of seeing the past through sequential art (using Eisner's defintion for comics), it continues with 'Gods and Superheros', part 3 of the book has to do to with the question debated in the 19th century by the father of comics, Rodolph Topffer - Drawing History, and the book ends with papers on Troy.
A much recommended book. Personally I will use the book teaching comics in my academy.
Ben Baruch Blich, ph.d.
History and Theory
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
To be clear, I support the freedom of, and recognise the necessity for, scholars and artists to deal with and publish their thoughts on reprehensible historical facts. However, there is a difference between documenting and analysing historical pederasty textually and portraying the physical act of pederasty in clearly explicit visual art. Responsible people in the 21st century must think of the consequences before they publish such images. Neither precedent, nor scholarly tradition, nor contemporary acceptance of that tradition justify the propagation of explicit paedophilic imagery. It is not necessary - other artists get their message across with less explicitness, and other scholars get their message across with a textual treatment of the artefact in question.
The ton of virtue that is ruined includes several important and worthy papers. Chiara Suprizio and the editors render a disservice to the other authors of this volume and, together with Shanower, to the comics genre. Whatever the intentions of the parties involved, it is intensely foolish to propagate such drawings because the risk of children being very seriously hurt is too high.
This review pertains to the first edition of the book. Hopefully it will not have to pertain to any future edition.
Of the many books that I have reviewed, this is the first that ranked below 3 out of 5.
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