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The Comics of Herge


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Joe Sutliff Sanders, Manhattan, Kansas, USA is associate professor in the children's literature track of the English Department at Kansas State University. He is the author of Disciplining Girls, the coeditor of a collection of essays on The Secret Garden, and a former Fulbright Fellow at the University of Luxembourg.


"After five decades of critical discussions on Herg and Tintin, is there anything left to say on the most famous French-language comics creator and his acclaimed body of work? The Comics of Herg answers the challenge of venturing new interpretations of a classic yet endlessly inspiring corpus. Drawing from multiple fields of enquiry--philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, narratology, history, poetics, musicology, sociology, film studies, art history, myth analysis, politics, and comics theory--the contributions included in Sanders's collection re-examine the visual, ideological, and storytelling devices at play in one of the most 'iconic' creations in comics history and their influence on post-Herg an ligne claire experimentations. The chapters with a thematic approach (appraising the recurrence of motifs ranging from the nothingness prevalent in Tintin in Tibet to the mechanical modernity and narrative acceleration of Herg 's airplanes) complement those that offer new considerations on Herg 's aesthetics (his stylistic evolution, his narrative patterns, his representation of violence, his late predilection for simulacra and reflexivity), as well as those that explore the posterity of Herg an tropes and iconography. As a whole, this collection sheds new light on an author whose work emerges here once again not as a critical terminus, but as a source of enduring fascination."

--Fabrice Leroy, professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, comics scholar, and author of Sfar So Far: Identity, History, Fantasy, and Mimesis in Joann Sfar's Graphic Novels

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