Intertextuality in the Dreaming

Theory and Application of Intertextuality to Neil Gaiman's Graphic Novel, The Sandman

8th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Department of English - Southern Connecticut State University, 2007.

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Abstract:

My first project to be presented at an international conference, this paper was about the fruitful applicability of the theory of intertextuality to the comic book medium. As a sample work, I choose Neil Gaiman's The Sandman as it is arguably the richest text in comics in terms intertextual depth. At a time when the academic study of comics was still a risqué endeavour, my attempt in this paper was to develop my understanding both of comics and the theory of intertextuality. My co-panelists at the small comic book event at the end of the conference taught me a lot with their papers and the conference hosts were incredibly welcoming and hospitable.