Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"You Must Become Invisible": A Framework of Gaps Visiting the Reader in Grant Morrison's The Invisibles
by Stickman, Nathaniel, M.A., Mississippi College, 2016, 82; 10169644
Abstract (Summary)

Grant Morrison’s comics series The Invisibles invites the reader to explore the functioning of narrative gaps and the ways in which comics uniquely utilize them. The invisible territory of gaps within the narrative structure is, to the main characters in The Invisibles, the territory where text and image, where mere appearances, become a transgressive reality, a pushing of reality beyond itself. Such breaks are expressed as those within the structure of reality, but more fundamentally they reveal breaks in psychological structuration, in the system of symbols, in signs by which human reality is held together and manifested as such. This study seeks to show these gaps specifically as they function on conveying an experience to the reader through the involvement they bring. The psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan represent an instrumental framework to understanding both this psychological break Morrison expresses and the functioning of comics’ invisible territory in involving the reader experientially, its ability to translate extreme psychological experiences directly to the reader. Here, what the text shows is not a reaching into a transcendental identity, nor an achievement of plentitude and resolution—there is no reconciliation to oneself as oneself given. Instead of providing a traditional view of balance and “seeing things rightly,” there is the break, the uncharming intrusion, the trauma that needs to be faced, addressed, and assumed. This study, then, explores the act of constantly passing through and assuming the irreconcilable breaks the series shows in the reader’s reality

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Melancon, Kristi
Commitee: Everett, Jim, Miller, David
School: Mississippi College
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Modern literature
Keywords: Grant morrison, Jacques lacan, Reader response
Publication Number: 10169644
ISBN: 978-1-369-23832-7
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