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Publisher: Mcfarland , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Few scholars nursed on the literary canon would dispute that knowledge of Western literature benefits readers and writers of the superhero genre. About the Author : Jason Tondro teaches superhero comics and graphic novels in the English department at the University of California, Riverside, as well as at community colleges in the Southern California area.

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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Customers who bought this item also bought. Stock Image. Published by Mcfarland New Paperback Quantity Available: 1. One might look at how the Middle Ages becomes a utopic terrain for fantasy and projection erotic and otherwise or at how a medieval setting enables certain artists to treat present political concerns with safe distance.

One might also think about comics as a form of cultural production in which traces of medieval institutions and cultural forms heroic masculinity, arming rituals, millennialism, magic, etc. In medieval literature classes I find myself citing comics whenever I have to explain the complexities of story cycles such as the Arthurian cycle or the divergent branches of the Roman de Renard and Tristan et Yseut cycles where certain characters are treated so differently as to be villainous in one branch while being sympathetic in another, and so on.

I cite the various story arcs in the Marvel and DC comics universes to explain how a readership is able to accept, and even enjoy, conflicting variants cohabitating within the same narrative universe.

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In what ways has the medieval figured in your comics reading experience? Posted by Michael A. Johnson on November 1, in Uncategorized. Michael— Though I am not a medievalist, I certainly think the connection between medieval studies and comics is a natural one. The most immediate connection I make is a formal one, however: illuminated manuscripts which I associate with the Middle Ages; in my one graduate seminar on medieval literature, we spent time thinking about the nature of the illuminated manuscript, its effect on the written text contained therein, and its cultural production.

Maybe comics are medieval in certain respects. I wonder, though, about the attention to language.

When I was working on my M. I spent a lot of time learning Anglo Saxon grammar, focusing particularly on phonology and morphology. I remember—with some joy—the time I spent learning how to differentiate between Weak 1, 2, and 3, verbs on the one hand and Strong verbs, classes The alliterative half-line was one of the major features of Beowulf, and the interweaving of kennings the whale road into the verse was absolutely magical.

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Of course, comics artists pay attention to language. But is it poetic? Does it rise to the intensity of the kenning? I would be very interested in hearing from other scholars about this. How does the use of language in modern comics compare to medieval texts?