Keywords for Comics Studies is forthcoming from New York University Press in 2019!
Co-Editors Ramzi Fawaz, Shelley Streeby, and Deborah Whaley
From our book proposal: "The 2015-2016 academic year signaled a renaissance in comics studies unprecedented in the history of humanities scholarship in the U.S...Certainly, comics studies is not a new field, emerging as far back as Gilbert Seldes’s classic 1957 study of American popular culture The Seven Lively Arts, and most explicitly with the publication of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art in 1993. Yet the recent exponential growth of comics scholarship and intellectual community points to the field’s newfound relevance to a range of disciplines in the humanities, including media and cultural studies, art history, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, American Studies, history, anthropology and beyond. Quite simply, this renaissance in comics studies is in large part due to the field’s increasing interdisciplinarity, and the daring scholarship of a new generation of researchers who have explored the medium’s unique formal properties in direct relation to its distinct historical, political, and cultural contexts of production and circulation. Some of the field’s most classical debates regarding the value of lowbrow cultural forms, the distinct formal and aesthetic affordances of hand-drawn and sequential art, the effects of print circulation and the development of non-traditional and youth audiences, have either been placed into new contexts, or else revalued for their generative insights into the reading experience...We believe that a Keywords for Comics Studies volume shaped by an interdisciplinary cultural studies vision can provide scholars and non-academic readers with a wide range of terms that speak to the formal and historical specificities of the medium, while also showing how the key aesthetic, political, and cultural questions comics raise have wide-reaching relevance to the humanities."
I am currently completing a new book called Speculative Archives: Science Fiction World-Making In and Beyond Empire