The Poetics of Slumberland: Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit

The Poetics of Slumberland: Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit

Scott Bukatman


In The Poetics of Slumberland, Scott Bukatman celebrates play, plasmatic hazard, and the lifetime of photos in cartoons, comics, and cinema. Bukatman starts with Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland to discover how and why the rising media of comics and cartoons brilliantly captured a playful, rebellious strength characterised via hyperbolic emotion, physicality, and mind's eye. The publication broadens to contemplate related “animated” behaviors in possible disparate media—films approximately Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh; the musical My reasonable girl and the tale of Frankenstein; the slapstick comedies of Jerry Lewis; and modern comedian superheroes—drawing all of them jointly because the purveyors of embodied utopias of disorder.

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