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Imagination and Meaning in Calvin and Hobbes

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"This critical analysis of Calvin and Hobbes explores Calvin's world as an intertextual space, revealing a deep reservoir of meanings. Close readings of individual strips highlight the profundity of Calvin's world with respect to a number of life's big questions, including what an individual values, friendship, God, death, and other struggles in life"--Provided by ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by McFarland & Company
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Pete Wung
Feb 24, 2013 Pete Wung rated it really liked it
This is definitely not Calvin and Hobbes the comic strip. This is a very dense and very academic work of philosophical analysis of a comic strip. Definitely not for the feint of heart. Jamey Heit does a very interesting and freewheeling analys si of the meaning and structure of the humor behind Calvin and Hobbes, one of the more cerebral and delightful comic strips in recent years.

The analysis gets very complicated very quickly, Jacque Derrida gets mentioned in the second page of the first essay
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Erika
Sep 13, 2016 Erika rated it it was ok
This was not an easy book to read, the author keeps quoting and referring to different philosophers and such that I don't know with no introduction to who they are or what their philosophies are so I consonantly felt like I was dropping into the middle of some other conversation.

It didn't help that there were no examples of the actual comic , though I understand why this couldn't happen, but without the comics the text was made even harder to follow and drying and uninteresting.

There were part
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Andy Shuping
Aug 07, 2012 Andy Shuping rated it did not like it
When I first saw this book was coming out, I was excited as Calvin and Hobbes is one of my favorite strips of all time. I mean, I bought the three volume complete set as soon as it was announced and read most of it in a weekend and I’ve always enjoyed the deeper aspects of the work, those sly puns and look at life that you started understanding as you get older. And that’s what I thought this book would focus on. Instead the author of this book starts relating aspects of Calvin and Hobbes to ...more
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