HPU English Professor Publishes Two Scholarly Chapters On Comics


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 8, 2009 ? Dr. Jim Casey, assistant professor of English at High Point University, recently published a chapter on the influential author and artist Alan Moore for “Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction” (Routledge), edited by Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint. This is the second chapter that Casey has completed for a Routledge collection this year. 
Casey’s newly published chapter examines the intricate formal structure of Moore’s work and comments on the appropriative nature of his narratives, including “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and the Hugo Award-winning graphic novel “Watchmen.”
“Magic and apocalypse are two of Moore’s favorite themes,” says Casey. “For Moore, magic is not an act of arcane invocation, but rather an instance of creative innovation – the story makes the magic. Moore also connects apocalypse to revelation, repeatedly noting the words? etymological link. Thus, although many of Moore?s stories end with an apocalypse, the event represents not an end, but a new beginning.”
Casey’s other published chapter, on The Silver Age of Comics for “The Companion to Science Fiction,” was first released in Great Britain in January and arrived in the United States and Canada this summer.
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