Ideology and Power in Pre-Code Comic Books : Struggles for Cultural Space, Audience, and Meaning

Drawing on the theories of cultural studies, this study investigates the “Golden Age” of comic books in context of the broader power struggles of their time. It traces the comic-book medium’s cultural roots, its rise to popularity, and its persistent struggles for meanings, cultural space, and an audience. Characters, genres, stereotypes, myths, styles, reflexive devices, and many other narrative elements are discussed as encodings of ideology within the systems of production, consumption, and textuality.

Basierend auf den Theorien der Cultural Studies untersucht diese Studie das "goldene Zeitalter" der Comic-Hefte im Kontext der Machtkämpfe ihrer Zeit. Sie zeichnet die kulturellen Wurzeln des Mediums, seine Erfolgsgeschichte und sein andauerndes Ringen um Bedeutung, kulturellen Raum und Publikum nach. Die ideologischen Dimensionen von Figuren, Genres, Stereotypen, Mythen, Reflexionen und anderen Erzählelementen werden im Rahmen der Produktions-, Rezeptions- und Texualitätssysteme analysiert.


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