Hillary Chute: Why Comics?

FRI, FEB 9, 2018

Harvard Book Store welcomes Northeastern University professor and comics scholar Hillary Chute for a discussion of her latest book, Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere.

The massive impact that comics have had on our culture becomes more and more clear every day, from the critically acclaimed musical Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking comic, to the dozens of superhero films hitting cinemas every year. What is it that makes comics so special? What can this unique art form do that others can’t? Comics scholar Hillary Chute reveals the history of comics, underground comics and graphic novels, through deep thematic analysis, and fascinating portraits of the fearless men and women behind them.

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+ BIO: Hillary Chute

Hillary Chute is Professor of English at Northeastern University. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press). She is also the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press) and Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon). She recently co-edited both the Critical Inquiry special issue on “Comics & Media” and Daniel Aaron’s Scrap Book (Pressed Wafer). She has written for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, The Believer, and Poetry.

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