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Thierry Groensteen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037702

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037702.001.0001

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New Insights into Sequentiality

New Insights into Sequentiality

(p.21) Chapter Two New Insights into Sequentiality
Comics and Narration

Thierry Groensteen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on comics as a “sequential art” and the issue of narration with respect to an isolated image. It considers the narrative potential of the single image and how a single image produces meaning. It comments on Harry Morgan’s argument in In Principes des littératures dessinées (Principles of Graphic Literatures) that we must embrace within graphic literature both narratives in a single image and narratives in multiple images, and that a daily panel can be described as “a daily strip reduced to one panel.” It also examines images demanded by poetic comics by citing an example: an extract from the album published in 2003 by Ilan Manouach called Les Lieux et les choses qui entouraient les gens, désormais (The Places and the Things that Surrounded People, Henceforth). The chapter concludes with a discussion of the poetic uses of sequentiality and the modalities of iconic solidarity.

Keywords:   comics, sequential art, narration, isolated image, Harry Morgan, single image, poetic comics, Ilan Manouach, sequentiality, iconic solidarity

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