Ryerson University

Our new SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Barbara Postema has her first scholarly book Narrative Structure in Comic, coming out with the Rochester Institute of Technology Press in June.

 
From the RIT website:
In Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragment, Barbara Postema seeks to explain how comics communicate and create meaning, with an emphasis on two aspects of comics. She first examines the pictorial quality of comics, which receives more emphasis than verbal/textual elements. Her second focus is upon the storytelling and narrative qualities of comics, as well as the literary explorations they provide. The "narrative structure" refers to the potential of images, the story telling capacities of panels, and the sequence of panels, in addition to the more traditional narratological concepts. Overall, the author presents a credible rationale for the way in which comics structure their narratives. At every level of communication, comics rely on gaps or absences to create meaning and guide the reader to a meaningful experience.
 
 

Dr. Barbara Postema
Dr. Barbara Postema holds a PhD (2010) from Michigan State University, an M.A. (2000) in Comparative Literature from the University of Warwick (UK), and an M.A. (1998) in English Language and Literature from the University of Amsterdam.  At the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Dr. Postema holds a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013 - 2015), working on her new scholarly book project "Telling Stories Without Words: Visual Communication in Silent Comics," under the supervision of Dr. Irene Gammel.
 
 
 

Recent News

The MLC Presents: the Top 10 of 2017

The MLC Presents: the Top 10 of 2017

It has been another exciting year for us here at the MLC, and as 2017 comes to a close, we can hardly believe how much has occurred over the...

Taking the Pissoir? The Mystery behind the Most Controversial Sculpture of the Twentieth-Century

Taking the Pissoir? The Mystery behind the Most ...

In April 1917, Marcel Duchamp wrote a letter from New York to his sister in Paris. In this letter, Duchamp explains that a “female ...

Florine Stettheimer's Multimodal Modernism – Soirée at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Florine Stettheimer's Multimodal Modernism – Soirée ...

Soirée of Stettheimer-inspired performances at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Florine Stettheimer's Multimodal Modernism – Inaugural Symposium 2017 and Soirée at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Florine Stettheimer's Multimodal Modernism – ...

An exploration of the work of Jazz-era New York saloniere, painter, and poet Florine Stettheimer, as well as the work of her sisters

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

MLC Themes

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

Amid the unprecedented social change of World War I, women renegotiated their identities by dramatically changing the way they engaged with the arts. But how did they do so? And how did everyday citizens engage with the war?

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

MLC Themes

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, considered by many to be the mother of Dada, was a daringly innovative poet and an early creator of junk sculpture. “The Baroness” was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances.

Modernism in the World

MLC Themes

Modernism in the World

Recent research has departed from the Euro-centric and national view of Modernism to include approaches and methods studying Modernism across national boundaries and across different art forms to include fashion, dance, performance, technology, and visual culture.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

MLC Themes

Lucy Maud Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery is perhaps Canada's most important literary export. She was prolific writer of over 500 short stories and poems, and twenty novels, including the beloved Anne of Green Gables.

Canadian Modernism

MLC Themes

Canadian Modernism

The works of numerous Canadian authors who lived during the modernist era may well constitute the most central and experimental articulation of Canadian modernism in prose, allowing authors to stage cross-cultural, controversial, and even conflicted identities.

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

MLC Themes

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

Life writing, including autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters and testimonials written or told by women and men whose political, literary or philosophical purposes are central to their lives, has become a standard tool for communication and the dissemination of information.