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At the Edge of the Barely Perceptible

At the Edge of the Barely Perceptible

Temporality and Masculinity in Mr. Punch and Violent Cases

(p.69) At the Edge of the Barely Perceptible
The Artistry of Neil Gaiman
Christopher D. Kilgore
University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, Christopher Kilgore analyzes venomous and abusive masculinities as drawn-out temporal trauma in some of Gaiman and McKean's darker works, Violent Cases and The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch. The chapter goes on to argue that the strange temporalities in these two books portray and critique a hereditary culture of domestic and public masculine violence, putting Gaiman and McKean in line with other critical work of the 1980s and '90s graphic narrative renaissance and at odds with the traditional masculinities prevalent in mainstream comics.

Keywords:   Temporaily, masculinity studies, graphic novels, Dave McKean, trauma

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