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Forging the PastSeth and the Art of Memory$
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Daniel Marrone

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807311

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807311.001.0001

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Dense and Porous: Browsing, Parataxis, and the Texture of Comics

Dense and Porous: Browsing, Parataxis, and the Texture of Comics

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Forging the Past

Daniel Marrone

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a multifaceted account of the distinctive texture of comics, exploring the simultaneous fragmentation and coherence of the comics page, as well as addressing exceptional cases like the single-panel gag cartoon and the fold-out page. Various modes of representation, in tension and concert with each other, produce the singularly dense and porous texture of the medium. Seth’s inventive storytelling techniques often call for a different reading practice entirely, one that is not exclusively geared toward plot progression. Parataxis is a particular type of heightened juxtaposition that creates a field for readerly interpolation. By gently disorienting the reader, Seth draws attention to the re-orientation of perspective that constantly takes place when assembling a coherent narrative. Seth’s work points to itself by emphasizing these gaps and reminds the reader that it is only through fragments that a coherent literary world can be suggested.

Keywords:   Density, Porosity, Texture, Browsing, Parataxis

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