Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Joseph M. Sommers
December 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-260-5
# of Pages: 300
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A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Neil Gaiman and the critical discussions surrounding his work.

One of the most prolific writers of prose, graphic novels, feature-length films, and television serials, Neil Gaiman is as popular with critics as he is with readers. His works encourage readers to embrace love, fear, pain, pride, and most of the remaining emotional spectrum with an earnest vigor, gentle humor, and honest warmth, the likes of which humble the greats in all media to which he has contributed.

Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers of Central Michigan University, this volume contains 14 essays that constitute an interesting mélange thoughts, ruminations, perspectives, and approaches that are as diverse a look at the life and work of Neil Gaiman as any in print today. The essays in this volume trace the work of the author from the award-winning comic, The Sandman, through his recently published The View from the Cheap Seats, and include discussion on monumental works such as The Graveyard Book, to name a few. Readers can expect the text's authors to apply contemporary theoretical approaches to an author unbridled by the shackles of boundaries. The chapters do not radiate from any central thesis, chronology, or even thematic progression nearly as much as they make a vain attempt to explore as many facets of the author and the first thirty years of his career from as many different avenues as one could fit between two covers. 

Each Critical Insights Edition is divided into four sections: An Introduction, Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and Resources. In Critical Contexts, the provided essays aim to provide a background to the title, author, or theme that is historical, cultural, and biographical foundation for the reader. The essays in Critical Readings utilize common critcal approaches to further analyze the author's work, or specific works according to the selected theme.  Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index