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Table of Contents

Introduction: Should We Discipline the Reading of Comics?  Henry Jenkins  I. Form  1. Wordless Comics: The Imaginative Appeal of Peter Kuper's The System  David Berona  2. Comics Modes: Caricature and Illustration in the Crumb Family's Dirty Laundry  Joseph Witek  3. Image Functions: Shape and Color as Hermeneutic Images in Asterios Polyp  Randy Duncan  4. Time and Narrative: Unity and Discontinuity in The Invisibles  Marc Singer  5. Mise en scene and Framing: Visual Storytelling in Lone Wolf and Cub  Pascal Lefevre  6. Abstract Form: Sequential Dynamism and Iconostasis in Abstract Comics and Steve Ditko's Amazing Spider-Man  Andrei Molotiu  II. Content  7. Philosophy: "The Triumph of the Human Spirit" in X-Men  Jeff McLaughlin  8. Journalism: Drawing on Words to Picture the Past in Safe Area Gorazde  Amy Kiste Nyberg  9. Propaganda: The Pleasures of Persuasion in Captain America  Christopher Murray  III. Production   10. Political Economy: Manipulating Demand and "The Death of Superman"  Mark Rogers  11. Culture of Consumption: Commodification through Superman: Return to Krypton  Ian Gordon  12.  Ethnography of Production: Editor Axel Alonso and the Sale of Ideas  Stanford Carpenter  13. Auteur Criticism: The Re-Visionary Works of Alan Moore  Matthew J. Smith  14. History: Discovering the Story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster  Brad J. Ricca  IV. Context  15. Genre: Reconstructing the Superhero in All Star Superman  Peter Coogan  16. Ideology: The Construction of Race and History in Tintin in the Congo  Leonard Rifas  17. Feminism: Second Wave Feminism in the Pages of Lois Lane  Jennifer K. Stuller  18. Intertextuality: Surrealist Intertextualities in Max's Bardin  Ana Merino  V. Reception  19. Cultural Studies: British Girls' Comics, Readers and Memories  Mel Gibson  20. Ethnography: Wearing One's Fandom  Jeffrey A. Brown  21. Critical Ethnography: The Comics Shop as Cultural Clubhouse  Brian Swafford

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