What happens when nothing happens

boredom and everyday life in contemporary comics

Greice Schneider

paperback/ gebrocheerd: € 55.00: GRATIS verzending! (NL)
ISBN: 9789462700734, 200 blz., April 2016, Engels
Formaat: 23.2 (h) x 17.3 (b) x 1.5 (d) cm. Gewicht: 593 gram.

Uitgever: Leuven University Press

serienaam/reeks: Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels


Boredom and melancholy in the experience of reading.
Contemporary graphic novels show an interesting shift from the extraordinary to the ordinary in slice-of-life stories in which nothing happens. Present-day graphic accounts are inhabited by melancholic characters whining about the lack of meaning in life. This book examines this intriguing transition and brings a historical, aesthetical and narratological approach to comics in which boredom is not only a topic, but also awakens a deliberate affective response in the very experience of reading. This volume brings together close readings of work by Lewis Trondheim, Chris Ware and Adrian Tomine.

With a foreword by Raphäel Baroni (University of Lausanne).

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