Literature with Other Arts
Edited By Haun Saussy and Gerald Gillespie
A Literary Straitjacket? Reflections upon Comics and Literature in Michael Chabon and Brian K. Vaughan
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Reflections upon Comics and Literature in Michael Chabon and Brian K. Vaughan
Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany
The comparison between arts and media almost inevitably implies competition and value-judgments. Since Antiquity, ekphrasis has regularly been understood as “a struggle for dominance between the image and the word” (Heffernan 1), and the Renaissance debate about paragone, initiated by Leonardo da Vinci, discussed the arts predominantly in terms of superiority and inferiority (Louvel 37). Even today, the concept of popular culture is defined by the implication that some forms of creative expression are inferior to an ideal of “high culture” in the vein of Matthew Arnold.
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