Last Stop: This Town. Sameness, Suburbs and Spectrality in Daniel Clowes's Ghost World

Keywords: Graphic novel, Spaces, Suburbs, Hauntology, Graffiti


Ghost World (1997) is a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Two teenage girls, having ended high school, confront with the passage to adult life in a spectral American suburbia scattered with non-places: diners, shopping malls, vinyl and comic stores. From their own bedrooms, the two spend their time cynically commenting the fatuity of US pop culture, trapped between a haunting past and an uncertain future. This contribution intends to discuss space in Ghost World from three main perspectives, concerning the material book, the visual level (page layout, framing, colors) and the diegetical one (investigating spaces inside the story).


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Author Biography

Giorgio Busi Rizzi, KU Leuven, Università di Bologna
PhD candidate


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How to Cite
Busi Rizzi, G. (2018). Last Stop: This Town. Sameness, Suburbs and Spectrality in Daniel Clowes’s <i>Ghost World</i&gt;. Between, 8(15).