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Get Your Mind Outta the Gutter: Actor-Network Theory and Panel Layout in Comics

Akitt, Tara (2014) Get Your Mind Outta the Gutter: Actor-Network Theory and Panel Layout in Comics. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Akitt, Tara
Abstract:

This thesis explains how the element of the panel layout in comics conveys both a linear progression of narrative and a simultaneous image for the reader. Using Bruno Latour’s Actor-Network Theory this research asserts that the portrayal of time and space in a comic should be considered as a network. While most definitions of comics rely on the sequential juxtaposition of the form, this thesis demonstrates how panel relations operate both sequentially and nonsequentially to produce meaning for the reader and thus changing the defining feature of the medium. To demonstrate how changes in panel layout affects various networks of time and space in comics I have examined three contemporary comics, Watchmen, “A Contract with God,” and Violent Cases.

Date: April 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Narrative, Actor-Network Theory, and contemporary comics.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 15:20
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 15:20
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/364

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