Essays on the Environment in Comics and Graphic Novels

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About the Book

Exploring image and imagination in conjunction with natural environments, the animal, and the human, this collection of essays turns the ecocritical and ecocompositional gaze upon comic studies. The comic form has a long tradition of representing environmental rhetoric. Through discussions of comics including A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, We3, Concrete, and Black Orchid, these essays bring the rich work of ecological criticism into dialogue with the multi-faceted landscape of comics, graphic novels, web-comics, cartoons, and animation. The contributors ask not only how nature and environment are portrayed in these texts but also how these textual forms inform how we come to know nature and environment—or what we understand those terms to represent. Interdisciplinary in approach, this collection welcomes diverse approaches that integrate not only ecocriticism and comics studies, but animal studies, posthumanism, ecofeminism, queer ecology, semiotics, visual rhetoric and communication, ecoseeing, image-text studies, space and spatial theories, writing studies, media ecology, ecomedia, and other methodological approaches.

About the Author(s)

Sid Dobrin is a professor and chair in the English department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the founding director of the Trace Innovation Initiative, which includes the comic form journal Sequentials. He has written and edited more than 23 books about writing, ecology, and technology.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Sidney I. Dobrin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6634-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3999-4
Imprint: McFarland