Comic Books And Society - Essay

Comic Books And Society

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Clinton R. Sanders

SOURCE: "Icons of the Alternate Culture: The Themes and Functions of Underground Comix," in Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. VIII, No. 4, Spring, 1975, pp. 836-52.

[In the following excerpt, Sanders considers the social, political, and commercial aspects of underground comic books.]

Much of the popular culture literature is devoted to the discussion of the theoretical constructs and methodological approaches which are most useful in the study of "non-elite" cultural products. I agree with Gillespie that clarity will not be achieved until standardized interpretive concepts are developed. This framework can be built only when...

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