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. She is the author of Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments published by the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. At the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Dr. Postema held 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.
In August of 2015, Dr. Postema accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Concordia University (2015-2016). She continues as an MLC Visiting Scholar (2015-2016).
Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology Press, 2013.
Selected Scholarly Articles
Postema, Barbara. "Following the Pictures: Wordless Comics for Children." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
5.3 (2014): 311-322. Read the abstract.
Postema, Barbara. “Establishing Relations: Photography in Wordless Comics.” The Narrative Functions of Photography in
Comics. Spec. issue of Image and Narrative
16.2 (2015): 84-95. Read the article.
Postema, Barbara. “The Visual Culture of Comics in the Last Half of the 19th
Century: Comics without Words.” Transforming Anthony Trollope:
Dispossession, Victorianism and 19th century Word and Image
. Ed. Laurence Grove and Simon Grennan. Leuven: Leuven UP. 131-47. Read more.
Postema, Barbara. "Draw a Thousand Words: Signification and Narration in Comics Images.” International Journal of Comic Art 9.1 (2007): 487-501.
Postema, Barbara. "Memories that Don't Weaken: Seth and Walter Benjamin." International Journal of Comic Art 6.2 (2004): 266-72.
"The Graphic Life Narrative of Marta Chudolinska: An Exhibition.” MLC Gallery, Ryerson University. May 6-13, 2015.