Forms of narrative: comics and medieval studies

A topic very dear to me: the mystical union of words and pictures, and the apparently completely divergent comics and medieval studies. Or are they? A brilliant article, mentioning several resources if you want to know more 🙂

ImageI was hired at UT Austin as a specialist of medieval literature and am up for tenure this year. Tenure and promotion committees like to see a coherent narrative when they scrutinize a researcher’s career, so in my case the unavoidable question has been raised I can’t tell you how many times, what is the connection between your research in medieval culture and your research in comics? My colleagues have tried to help by pointing out similarities between stained glass narrative and comics, the bayeux tapestry, manuscript illuminations, etc. A very astute colleague of mine suggested (rightly) that I am interested in questions of cultural legitimacy that cut across both fields. Friends and comics scholars have pointed out that comics have drawn on medieval story cycles and used medieval settings and themes since at least the 1930s. Some long-standing examples of comics medievalism include daily and Sunday strips like

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