CFP Between VIII.15 (may 2018)

Spaced Out. Spatiality in Comics

Space does for comics what time does for film.
McCloud 1994

How is space thematised and transformed, strengthened or weakened in the narrative comic? To what extent do comics rewrite and reinvent space by offering a place where spatial coordinates can be reconfigured in a utopian or fantastic manner? How does this reconfiguration affect perception devices? And again, how can the representation of spatiality in comics be modified within the network of the ongoing transmedia transformations?

Comics writers have long shown a preference for setting their works in the city and have implicitly tailored their works for readers, whose lifestyle and way of consuming comics as ‘products’ of the cultural industry single them out as a completely urbanised audience. Alongside this representation, interest has also been growing in internal or domestic space, from houses to artists’ studios, from apartment buildings to nursing homes, from hospitals to prisons. Such spaces are anything but neutral settings and, just like urban spaces, play a decisive role in shaping the narrative and the characters that move therein. Last but not least, space must be considered as a semiotic phenomenon: the language of comics manages to produce its own spatiality on the flat surface of the page, a spatiality that defines the coordinates of perception and the representation of space.

 The volume entitled Spaced Out. Spatiality in Comics aims to investigate the issue of space in comics and graphic novels, within the broader fields of contemporary literary studies and transmedia storytelling, and through different theoretical and critical perspectives.

Paper proposals (ready to be published and accompanied by abstract) should be sent by January 30, 2018 following the instructions available on the submission page of the website. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by March 30, 2018. Papers finally accepted will be published in May 2018.

Proposals in language other than Italian or in bilingual version (including an English version) are appreciated and encouraged.

For information write to: between@unica.it