Comics as a Nexus of Cultures

Author: Jochen Ecke
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 078645587X
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These essays from various critical disciplines examine how comic books and graphic narratives move between various media, while merging youth and adult cultures and popular and high art. The articles feature international perspectives on comics and graphic novels published in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, India, and Japan. Topics range from film adaptation, to journalism in comics, to the current manga boom.

The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author: Bruce Shaw
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786455985
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Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction—and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors in the realm of the animal fable as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Čapek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed.

Science Fiction and Futurism

Author: Ace G. Pilkington
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629552
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Science and science fiction have become inseparable—with common stories, interconnected thought experiments, and shared language. This reference book lays out that relationship and its all-but-magical terms and ideas. Those who think seriously about the future are changing the world, reshaping how we speak and how we think. This book fully covers the terms that collected, clarified and crystallized the futurists’ ideas, sometimes showing them off, sometimes slowing them down, and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture. The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, “Provocative and enticing? Filled with ‘huh!’ moments and leads to great stories? That describes this volume.”

The Postnational Fantasy

Author: Masood Ashraf Raja,
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786485558
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In twelve critical and interdisciplinary essays, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, these essays chart a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.

J R R Tolkien Robert E Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy

Author: Deke Parsons
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786495375
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The birth of modern fantasy in 1930s Britain and America saw the development of new literary and film genres. J.R.R. Tolkien created modern fantasy with The Lord of the Rings, set in a fictional world based upon his life in the early 20th century British Empire, and his love of language and medieval literature. In small-town Texas, Robert E. Howard pounded out his own fantasy realm in his Conan stories, published serially in the ephemeral pulp magazines he loved. Jerry Siegel created Superman with Joe Shuster, and laid the foundation for perhaps the post far-reaching fantasy worlds: the universe of DC and Marvel comics. The work of extraordinary people who lived in an extraordinary decade, this modern fantasy canon still provides source material for the most successful literary and film franchises of the 21st century. Modern fantasy speaks to the human experience and still shows its origins from the lives and times of its creators.

Watchmen and Philosophy

Author: William Irwin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470730300
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Alan Moore's Watchmen is set in 1985 and chronicles the alternative history of the United States where the US edges dangerously closer to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Within this world exists a group of crime busters, who don elaborate costumes to conceal their identity and fight crime, and an intricate plot to kill and discredit these "superheroes." Alan Moore's Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, has been named one of Time magazine's top 100 novels, and is now being made into a highly anticipated movie adaptation. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peers into Moore's deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct the ethical issues raised by Watchmen's costumed adventurers, their actions, and their world. From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen's ethical quandaries, themes, and characters.

K rzungen als Teil des Adaptionsprozesses

Author: Lisa Kuhn
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656569312
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2013 im Fachbereich Germanistik - Neuere Deutsche Literatur, Note: 1,7, Universität des Saarlandes, Veranstaltung: Literaturcomics im 21. Jahrhundert, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: „Beim Adaptieren kann man nur wegwerfen.“ Diese Aussage Uwe Timms bezieht sich auf die Erfahrungen, die er beim Adaptieren seines eigenen Romans Morenga gemacht hat. Seine 1993 erschienene Novelle Die Entdeckung der Currywurst, in der es – entgegen aller Erwartungen, die der Titel hervorruft – weniger um die Currywurst, sondern vielmehr um eine Liebesgeschichte in den letzten Tagen des Zweiten Weltkriegs geht, ist bereits drei Jahre nach ihrer Veröffentlichung von Isabel Kreitz adaptiert worden. Und auch hier sieht es so aus, als sei es im Zuge des Adaptionsprozesses unerlässlich, gewisse Kürzungsmaßnahmen vorzunehmen: Verglichen mit der Vorlage weist die Adaption zahlreiche Kürzungen auf. Da es sich beim Adaptieren offenbar um ein weit verbreitetes Phänomen handelt, den Stoff der Vorlage zu kürzen, werden diese Maßnahmen im Mittelpunkt der Betrachtung dieser Seminararbeit stehen. Im Rahmen dessen soll erarbeitet werden, welche Faktoren zu Komprimierungsmaßnahmen führen, welche Rolle sie im Adaptionsprozess spielen und wie sie sich in ihrem Ergebnis niederschlagen. Zu Beginn werden die typischen Charakteristika des Adaptionsprozesses im Allgemeinen aufgezeigt. Daraufhin stehen die Umstände der Entstehung der Comic-Adaption im Fokus der Betrachtung, um zu ergründen, ob und inwiefern sich diese auf die Adaption ausgewirkt haben könnten. Anschließend werden die Kürzungen der Adaption im Vergleich mit dem Prätext beschrieben, um sie in einem nächsten Schritt kategorisieren zu können. Ein Blick auf Adaptionsverfahren in anderen Medien soll weitere Erklärungsansätze liefern. Abschließend erfolgen eine Betrachtung der Rezeption der Comic-Adaption sowie ein Fazit.

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

Author: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819571520
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As the world undergoes daily transformations through the application of technoscience to every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. However much science fiction texts vary in artistic quality and intellectual sophistication, they share in a mass social energy and a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. At this moment, a strikingly high proportion of films, commercial art, popular music, video and computer games, and non-genre fiction have become what Csicsery-Ronay calls science fictional, stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the “seven beauties” of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technsocience’s development into a global regime.

The Business and Culture of Digital Games

Author: Aphra Kerr
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412900478
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This book explores the lifecycle of digital games. Drawing upon a broad range of media studies perspectives with aspects of sociology, social theory, and economics, Aphra Kerr explores this all-pervasive, but under-theorized, aspect of our media environment.

Media and the American Mind

Author: Daniel J. Czitrom
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807899208
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In a fascinating and comprehensive intellectual history of modern communication in America, Daniel Czitrom examines the continuing contradictions between the progressive possibilities that new communications technologies offer and their use as instruments of domination and exploitation.