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MEDIEVALIST COMICS AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY. Chris Bishop. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2016. 244 pp. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-19880 ISBN 9781496808509 In English.
Publisher's description: The comic book has become an essential icon of an era defined by optimism in the face of change and by recognition of the intrinsic value of democracy and modernization. For many, the Middle Ages stand as an antithesis to these ideals, and yet medievalist comics have emerged and endured, even thrived alongside their superhero counterparts. Chris Bishop presents a reception history of medievalist comics, setting them against a greater backdrop of modern American history. From its genesis in the 1930s to the present, Bishop surveys the medievalist comic, its stories, characters, settings, and themes drawn from the European Middle Ages. Hal Foster's Prince Valiant emerged from an America at odds with monarchy, but still in love with King Arthur. Green Arrow remains the continuation of a long fascination with Robin Hood that has become as central to the American identity as it was to the British. The Mighty Thor reflects the legacy of Germanic migration into the United States. The rugged individualism of Conan the Barbarian owes more to the western cowboy than it does to the continental knight-errant. In the narrative of Red Sonja, we can trace a parallel history of feminism. Bishop regards these comics as not merely happenchance, but each success or failure as a result and an indicator of certain American preoccupations amid a larger cultural context.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 174610
Hardcover $65.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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