A special lecture by Dr. Henry Jenkins: “Comics … And Stuff”

ZdC Presents a Special Lecture:

Dr. Henry Jenkins: “Comics … And Stuff”

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013 SCI 106


In a culture awash with “stuff” (material objects, belongings, collectibles), comics, as a medium, has provided particularly rich insights into our historic, shared, and personal relationships with the stuff of everyday life. In part, this is because of our particular relationship to the mise-en-scène of comics: the ways that we can pause and scrutinize the image in a way that is closer to our relationship to a still life painting and yet these objects are also inserted into a larger narrative framework which often depicts the character’s relationships to their belongings, dealing with the nature and process of memory.  If comics are often discussed as a sequential art with an emphasis on the juxtaposition between frames, comics have also from the start been preoccupied with juxtapositions within the frame, burying elements in the background to be discovered by the reader.

This talk is intended as an introduction to a new book project which will ultimately discuss the work of 9 graphic novelists, each of whom deals with aspects of material culture and media history.  This talk lays the foundation for the project, developing a conceptual vocabulary for thinking about the place of mise-en-scène in contemporary comics.

Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication Journalism and Cinematic Arts at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Henry Jenkins joined USC from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Peter de Florez Professor in the Humanities. He directed MIT’s Comparative Media Studies graduate degree program from 1993-2009, setting an innovative research agenda during a time of fundamental change in communication, journalism and entertainment.  His most recent books include Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the Literature Classroom (with Wyn Kelley, Katie Clinton, Jenna McWilliams, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and Erin Reilly) and Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Society (with Sam Ford and Joshua Green).

ZdC is the Graduate Student Organization for the Division of Critical Studies within the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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