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Author St. Peter, Austin Lewis
Title "The gift of the moment" [electronic resource] : Walter Benjamin and comics history / by Austin St. Peter.
Publication Info. 2012
Location Call No. Status Notes
 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 107 p. : ill.
Note Advisor: Barrett Watten.
Thesis Thesis (M.A.,) -- Wayne State University, 2012.
Summary This essay is a historiographical critique of the ways that the major historical narratives in the emerging field of Comics Studies are employed. I argue that scholars in the field utilize historical origin narratives and medium definitions with the intent to stake out a space of privilege for their privileged selections - thereby playing into a politics of legitimation. The major critic whose work I utilize to critique the major historical narratives of the medium, and ultimately the way that they are utilized, is the Frankfurt School critic Walter Benjamin. Not only do I employ Benjamin's work to interpret and critique the space of contestation between field scholars and historical narratives, I also utilize Benjamin's work to highlight critical practice, informed by a construct I call "the gift of the moment," that serves to circumvent and subvert this circular legitimating discourse. I conclude by suggesting a new social scholarly role, which I call the "Critic Collector," as model for oppositional politics
Subject Literature
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
Popular culture -- United States
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (M.A.) : English
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