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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Framing Agency: Comics Adaptations of Coraline and City of Ember

Framing Agency: Comics Adaptations of Coraline and City of Ember

(p.126) 8 Framing Agency: Comics Adaptations of Coraline and City of Ember
Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults

Meghann Meeusen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter considers the question of how different kinds of textual transformations affect child agency, seeking the answer by analyzing two children's texts that have been adapted into both comic and film: Neil Gaiman's Coraline and Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember. It argues that in comparison to film adaptations, comic adaptations of text-only narratives offer children greater degrees of agency over their reading experience and frequently portray adult–child relationships with more emphasis on childhood independence and power. Still, both comic and film adaptations also reinforce adult–child power dynamics that place adults in power over children, a tradition in children's literature created in part by the unique situation of adults writing for children. This paradigm, however, also enculturates children into a system that often limits their agency.

Keywords:   graphic novels, Neil Gaiman, Coraline, Jeanne DuPrau, City of Ember, child agency, comics

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