A puppet who can see the strings : Dr. Manhattan as metatextual comics reader in Watchmen

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dc.contributor.advisor Huff, Joyce L.
dc.contributor.author Schmalzer, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-10T16:11:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-10T16:11:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-06
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200767
dc.description Access to thesis permanently restricted to Ball State community only. en_US
dc.description.abstract Using Scott McCloud’s ideas regarding the language of comics in Understanding Comics and Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the “chronotope,” this paper investigates how the character Dr. Manhattan from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 graphic novel Watchmen experiences time, and how his super-human perceptions of time mirror the privileged position of the comics reader. By connecting Dr. Manhattan to the reader of the comic, a metatextual commentary on the role of the reader and author in the comic form is presented. Dr. Manhattan proves to be a dynamic reader, who exhibits many shortcomings as a reader, but evolves into a much more competent interpreter. Through this change Dr. Manhattan shows how the reader collaborates with the author in an act of mutual creation that is unique to comics because of their sequential narratives. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.subject.other Dr. Manhattan (Fictitious character)
dc.subject.other Watchmen (Comic book)
dc.subject.other Time in literature.
dc.title A puppet who can see the strings : Dr. Manhattan as metatextual comics reader in Watchmen en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hours.
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/uhtbin/catkey/1858531

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