Representing Acts of Violence in Comics

1st Edition

Ian Hague, Ian Horton, Nina Mickwitz

August 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138484535 - CAT# K349236
Series: Routledge Advances in Comics Studies


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This book examines the ways in which individual moments of violence develop, and are presented, in comics and graphic novels. It raises questions about depiction and the act of showing violence, but it also considers the ways in which violence can affect those involved over the long term. The impact of gender on violence, as well as the nature of sexual violence, are both considered here. Contributors discuss the ways in which violent acts can be rendered palatable (for example through humour) but also how they can create enormous trauma and long lasting repercussions for both perpetrators and victims. Together with Contexts of Violence in Comics, it offers a nuanced examination of the ways in which violence in comics is presented in different texts, genres, cultures and contexts.

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