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South Asian Comic Collection: Bibliography

This guide accompanies our South Asian comics collection as part of an initiative to develop a national specialized research resource for students, instructors, and scholars interested in these materials.

Selected Resources

Books:

Hunt, Peter,eds. International Companion Encyclopedia Of Children's Literature. London : Routledge, 2004. Print.

Chandra, Nandini. (2008) The classic popular :Amar Chitra Katha, 1967-2007 New Delhi : YODA PRESS,

Lent, John A., eds. Illustrating Asia: Comics, Humor Magazines, And Picture Books. Honolulu: University Of Hawaiʻi Press, 2001. Print.

McLain, Karline. India's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, And Other Heroes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. Print.

Laxman, R. K. Brushing Up The Years: A Cartoonist's History Of India, 1947-2004. New Delhi : Penguin Viking, 2005. Print.

Berninger, Mark., Ecke, Jochen,Haberkorn, Gideon,eds. Comics As A Nexus Of Cultures: Essays On The Interplay Of Media, Disciplines And International Perspectives. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2010. Print.

Lent, John A., eds. Themes And Issues In Asian Cartooning: Cute, Cheap, Mad, And Sexy. Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999. Print.

Scholarly Writing:

Krishnamurti, S. V. (2008). "The route to your roots": History, hindu nationalism, and comics in india and south asian diasporas. York University (Canada)). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, , 458.

Thomas, Evan. “Wonderous Capers: The Graphic Novel in India.” Multicultural Comics: From Zap To Blue Beetle. ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. Austin : University Of Texas Press, 2010. Print.

Rao, Aruna. “From Self-Knowledge to Super Heroes: the story of Indian comics.” Illustrating Asia: Comics, Humor Magazines, and Picture Books, ed. John A. Lent, University of Hawaii Press, 2001 Print.

Lent, John A. “Cartooning in Sri Lanka”. Illustrating Asia: Comics, Humor Magazines, and Picture Books, ed. John A. Lent, University of Hawaii Press, 2001 Print.

Hawley, John Stratton. “The Saints Subdued: Domestic Virtue and National Integration in Amar Chitra Katha.” Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia, eds. Lawrence A Babb, Susan S. Wadley, Motilal Banarasidas, 1998. Print.

Pritchett, Frances W. 'The World of Amar Chitra Katha' in Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia, eds. Lawrence A Babb, Susan S. Wadley, Motilal Banarasidas, 1998.

O’ROURKE, D. A. N., & Rodrigues, P. A. (2007). The “Transcreation” of a Mediated Myth: Spider-Man in India. The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television, 112.

Khanduri, R. G. (2010). Comicology: comic books as culture in India. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 1(2), 171-191. [request via InterLibrary Loan]

Parameswaran, R. E., & Cardoza, K. (2009). Immortal comics, epidermal politics: Representations of gender and colorism in India. Journal of Children and Media, 3(1), 19-34.

Bhatia, T. K. (2006). Super‐heroes to super languages: American popular culture through South Asian language comics. World Englishes, 25(2), 279-298.

Debroy, D. (2011). The graphic novel in India: East transforms West. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 49(4), 32-39.

Popular Writing:

Murthy, Bharat. 'An Art Without a Tradition: a Survey of Indian comics', a critical essay in Marg: A Magazine of the Arts, Vol.61, No.2, December, 2009.

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