On Russian Comics and Cultural Animal Studies
Professor José Alaniz (University of Washington, Seattle)
The lecture will cover the origins and development of comics in Russia, with an emphasis on the post-Soviet era. Topics covered include Soviet attitudes to comics, the practice of comics in the absence of a formal industry, and the turn towards non-fiction comics during the Putin era.
José Alaniz works as associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature (adjunct) at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include Death and Dying, Disability Studies, Film Studies, Critical Animal Studies and Comics Studies. He has published extensively on subjects as the representation of disability in comics and cinema, contemporary Russian cinema and literature, comics of the former Eastern Europe, and superheroes. His book about Russian comics Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (2010) covers widely the history of Russian comics from the prerevolutionary era until the post-Soviet time. Death, Disability and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond (2014) puts the superhero genre under the lens of Disability Studies and Death and Dying Studies and challenges the conventional interpretations of the genre.
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