Comic books & myths: the evolution of the mythological narratives in comic books for a contemporary myth

Masters Thesis


Walsh, M. 2018. Comic books & myths: the evolution of the mythological narratives in comic books for a contemporary myth. Masters Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Arts and Humanities
AuthorsWalsh, M.
TypeMasters Thesis
Qualification nameMA
Abstract

This study will explore if mythological narratives are being retold and reimagined in comic books and how they are presented in film to a contemporary audience. Mainly focusing on the works of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (2004), The Táin (2008) and The Saga of the Volsungs (1999) to see how these myths are being reconstructed in the medium of comic books, and to understand why certain motifs from these myths are still being retold as they are written in the backdrop of the genre of science fiction, instead of being retold in the genre of fantasy.

For myths explained the unknown to ancient cultures, this can help us understand what the contemporary audience sees as the new unknown. Moreover, this study will examine whether these mythological narratives are retold creating a single myth, and to what end have these mythological narratives taken on their new forms. Alongside the text, there is a video essay to help explore the use of myths being represented in films. The myths have been depicted in a static form, from cave paintings, to literature and various art movements, whereas in the present they can be exhibited as a moving image.

Year2018
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Deposited03 Jul 2019
Accepted2018
Output statusUnpublished
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