Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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Why a book about Alan Moore? When we talk about comics, it is practically impossible not to recall our childhood and adolescence, for it is there that most of us first came into contact with them. I am no exception to this rule, but I was born and bred in a small Italian town, so the story of my approach to the medium is certainly different from the experience of the average English-speaking comics reader. Nevertheless,...
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This book is an examination of some motifs and concerns in the work of British author Alan Moore (1953– ). It stems from a long-cultivated interest in comics as a medium, which I was lucky to turn into the object of my Ph.D. studies at the University of Milan, Italy. Criticism about Moore’s work has been abundant so far, and it has been lately revived by the appearance of the three...
CHAPTER 1. Formal Considerations on Alan Moore’s Writing
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This chapter examines some of Moore’s works in terms of form and structure, aspects of his aesthetics that are crucial to the extent that, in the opinions of a few critics, they turn into an obsession in his latest enterprise Lost Girls (only hinted at here but better explored later in this book). Most of Moore’s comics start from an intertextual assumption: a quotation, or an allusion to an existing ...
CHAPTER 2. Chronotopes: Outer Space, the Cityscape, and the Space of Comics
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This chapter examines two core aspects in Moore’s work—space and time— and, more specifically, the fusion and dynamic relationship that occurs between spatial and temporal dimensions. In dealing with this issue I use the term chronotope, and in doing so refer to Mikhail Bakhtin’s collection of essays The Dialogic Imagination, in which the Russian scholar defines the substantial ...
CHAPTER 3. Moore and the Crisis of English Identity
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This chapter analyzes the relationship between some aspects of Moore’s work and the historical and ideological dynamics that have characterized the development of the United Kingdom and its notion of identity, of “Englishness.” Many of the works examined in previous chapters clearly show the way in which Moore reworks specifically American comic narrative patterns. Nevertheless, it ...
CHAPTER 4. Finding a Way into Lost Girls
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This chapter is devoted to examining how the three key aspects that were developed over the previous pages—structure and intertextuality, the chronotope, and the issue of identity—are addressed in Lost Girls. As mentioned above, this graphic novel was published in summer 2006 after a long period of gestation. Moore and Gebbie started outlining the idea shortly after they met in the late...
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This book has tried to build a route into the dense work of one of the most prolific comic book authors of our age. As noted at the very beginning, this study is by no means exhaustive; on the contrary, it has many gaps, for it has considered only some aspects in some of Moore’s works. There is so much in his production that could provide material for further analysis. So, there are a lot of ...
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Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2009