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Comics and LanguageReimagining Critical Discourse on the Form$
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Hannah Miodrag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038044

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038044.001.0001

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(p.246) Conclusion
Comics and Language

Hannah Miodrag

University Press of Mississippi

This book has challenged the stock assumptions commonly made about the formal makeup of comics, particularly the supposed superior status of language and literature. It has demonstrated that the prevailing discourse on comics criticism is less attuned to the established theories and disciplines that could help illuminate the misconceptions about the formal structures of comics. In attempting to amend, rather than cast aside all aspects of, the current formal model, the book has proposed a new way of evaluating the literary qualities of the comics form, one that does not counter-intuitively align narrative with prose fiction or dismiss media-specific formalism in favor of thematic content. It has shown that the language-focused close-reading tools of literary criticism can be applied to comics and that the use of language, rather than the telling of a story, may render some comics literary. Furthermore, the book has argued that both comics and visual signification differ from the model of verbal language, and has explored the distinction between langue and parole, which influence the way we make meaning from language.

Keywords:   comics, language, literature, literary criticism, visual signification, langue, parole, comics criticism

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