Abstract

Abstract:

Following Cyril Camus's argument that the category of "graphic novel" is defined by its particular use of literary chronotopes, the present paper reads Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen as a treasure trove of chronotopic arrangements. As a metafictional exploration of its own medium, Watchmen displays a plurality of chronotopes, which is not simply an effect of its postmodernism (Smethurst), but the inherent possibility of graphic narrative. Therefore, with the help of Watchmen, it is possible to both argue for an easy transfer of Bakhtinian theory to the field of comics studies, and highlight the ways in which the unique potential of the medium as such can help us repurpose the theory of the chronotope.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1512
Print ISSN
0039-3827
Pages
pp. 255-276
Launched on MUSE
2018-07-21
Open Access
No
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