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Openness of Comics: Generating Meaning within Flexible Structures

Maaheen Ahmed


Never before have comics seemed so popular or diversified, proliferating across a broad spectrum of genres, experimenting with a variety of techniques, and gaining recognition as a rich form of art. Openness of Comics examines this trend by taking up the philosopher Umberto Eco’s notion of the open work of art, according to which the reader–or listener or viewer, as the case may be–is offered several possibilities of interpretation in a cohesive narrative and aesthetic structure. The monograph delineates the visual, literary, and other medium-specific features used by comics to form open rathe ... More

Keywords: Comics, Open work of art, Interpretation, Narrative structures, Aesthetic structures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496805935
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maaheen Ahmed, author
Ghent University