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Bart Beaty

Associate Professor

(403) 220-7246
(403) 282-6716
beaty@ucalgary.ca
http://comicsreporter.com/

SS 330
By appointment.

  • B.A., Film Studies, Carleton University
  • M.A., Communication, McGill University
  • Ph.D., Communication, McGill University

Information

Research Interests: Comic Books as Visual Culture; Issues of Cultural Value; Canadian Cultural Policy; The History of Mass Communication
Current Courses: Winter 2007: No Classes
Current Research:

Bart's most recent publications include:

  • Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s. This book is a result of a previous SSHRC-funded project. It examines the artist-centered small press comic book publishing movement that shifted European comics publishing from a literary model to one more closely aligned to the visual arts. This books was released in January 2007 by the University of Toronto Press.

  • The System of Comics. This book is a translation of Thierry Groensteen's Système de la bande dessinée (1997), the ground-breaking semiotic analysis of the structure of comics as a visual language, published in February 2007 by The University Press of Mississippi.
  • Canadian Television Today. This book, co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Sullivan, examines the shifting landscape of Canadian television in light of changing social, cultural, and technological circumstances. The book was released in Octber 2006 by the University of Calgary Press as the first volume in the Op/Positions series.
  • Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture. This history of the noted postwar psychiatrist, media critic, and social reformer was published in Fall 2005 by the University Press of Mississippi. The book was awarded the 2006 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize by the Canadian Communication Association.
Books:

Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

The Comics System, translation of Thierry Groensteen's Système de la bande dessinée (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1999), Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.

Canadian Television Today (with Dr. Rebecca Sullivan), Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.

Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture,
Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

Chapters in Books:

“Canadian Television and the Limits of Cultural Citizenship”, in How Canadians Communicate, 2003-2004, edited by David Taras, Frits Panekoek, and Maria Bakardjeva. Calgary: University of Calgary Press (forthcoming)

“Comic Books”, Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, edited by Barry Keith Grant. New York: Schirmer Reference Group (forthcoming)

"Not Playing, Working: Class, Masculinity, and Nation in the Canadian Hockey Film", Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema, edited by Malek Khouri and Darrell Varga. Toronto: University of Toronto Pres, 2006. 113-133.

“The Film Industry in Canada”, MediaScapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication (Second Edition), edited by Paul Attalah and Leslie Regan Shade, Scarborough, ON: Thomson Nelson, 2005. 148-162.

“A View of the Forest Through the Clouds”, in How Should I Know?, ed. Nicolas Robel, Geneva: BuLB Graphics, 2005.

“A Brief Examination of the European Comic Book Industry”, The Education of a Comics Artist, edited by Michael Dooley and Stephen Heller, New York: Allworth Press, 2005.

"Canadian Television: Industry, Audience and Technology in 2001". (with Rebecca Sullivan) How Canadians Communicate, 2001-2002, edited by David Taras, Frits Panekoek, and Maria Bakardjeva. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2003. 143-164.

"Comic Books", in The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, edited by William H. New, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 221-223.

"The Syndrome is the System: A Political Reading of Longtime Companion", in Fluid Exchanges: Artists and Critics in the AIDS Crisis, edited by James Miller. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992. 111-121.

Conference Presentations:

Captain America's New Deal: Recycling Popular Heroes for a Post 9/11 World
War Memory, Calgary (Alberta)
November 2006

Appropriating la nouvelle bande dessinée: The Question of Cultural Change
International Comics Arts Festival, Washington (DC)
October 2006

Cultural Legitimacy and la nouvelle bande dessinée
OMIC, Paris
September 2006

New Directions in Television Studies
(with Zoe Druick, Josh Heumann, and Serra Tinic)
Canadian Communication Association, Toronto (Ontario)
June 2006

In The Margins of Art: Art Magazines on Comics
Canadian Communication Association, Toronto (Ontario)
June 2006

What If Comics Were Art?
ComicCraze, Banff (Alberta)
May 2006

Crumbs from the Table: Comic Books and Contemporary Museum Practices
Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver (BC)
March 2006

Alex Ross All-American; or, Notes on the Monumentalization of Kitsch
VisComm 19, Banff (Alberta) July 2005

Crumbs from the Table: Comic Books and Contemporary Museum Practices
Canadian Communication Association, London (Ontario) June 2005

Comics and the Academy: A Report from the Front
Toronto Comics Arts Festival, Toronto (Ontario) June 2005

Middlebrowing Canadian Nationalism: Slings and Arrows and the Canadian “Prestige” Series
Society for Cinema and Media Studies, London (UK) March 2005

The Concept of Patrimoine in Contemporary French Comics
The History of French Graphic Narrative, University of Miami (Ohio) November 2004

Alex Ross All-American; or, Notes on the Monumentalization of Kitsch
International Comics Arts Festival, Georgetown University (Washington) September 2004

Artisans in a Mass Media World: Swiss Comic Book Publishers in a Globalized Context
International Humanities Conference, Prato (Italy) July 2004

Communications and Cultural Studies (with Kim Sawchuck, Kirsten McAllister, and Dale Bradley)
Canadian Communication Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba June 2004

The Construction of Transnational Art Comics Markets in Portugal and Switzerland: A Comparative Study Canadian Communication Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba June 2004

Autobiography as Authenticity in the Work of Fabrice Neaud
Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, Texas April 2004

Canadian Television and the Question of Choice
How Canadian Communicate, Banff, Alberta March 2004

Recent Journal Publications:

“Yeah, But is it Art?” R. Crumb Drawings and Comics, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. The International Journal of Comic Art (forthcoming).
“François Ayroles”, The Comics Journal, October 2005, 199-201.

“The Post-Persepolis Marjane Satrapi”, The Comics Journal, August 2005, 169-170.

“Posy Simmonds’ Literary Life”, Indy Magazine, Winter 2005.

“Planet Simpson”, Alberta Views, June 2005, 56.

“Star Trek: Goodbye. Good Riddance”, The Calgary Herald, 13 May 2005, A18.

“Lapinot est mort! Vive Lapinot!”, Neuvième Art, 11, October 2004, 100.

“The Twenty Best European Graphic Novels You Haven't Read”, with Mark David Nevins and Paul Gravett, Indy Magazine, Summer 2004.

“My Life with Cerebus: An Autobiography in 6000 Words”, The Comics Journal, October/November 2004, 110-117.

“Dupuy and Berberian: The Interview”, The Comics Journal, May/June 2004, 62-87.

“The Americanization of Angoulême?”, The Comics Journal, April 2004, 12-14.

“2003 European Cartoonist of the Year: Joann Sfar”, The Comics Journal, April 2004, 56-58.

Roy Lichtenstein’s Tears: Art vs. Pop in American Culture, Canadian Review of American Studies, 34.3, 2004, 13-32.

“Imagining the Written Word: Adaptation in the Work of Bruce MacDonald and Nick Craine”, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 13:2, Autumn 2004, 22-44.

Assessing Contemporary Comics Scholarship, Canadian Journal of Communication, v. 29 (2004), 403-409.

The Contemporary Field of European Comics: The Example of Lewis Trondheim, International Journal of Comic Art, 5, 2, Fall 2003. 168-183.

Fredric Wertham Faces His Critics: Problematizing the Postwar Comics Debate, International Journal of Comic Art, 3, 2, Fall 2001. 202-221.

“Featuring Stories by the World’s Greatest Authors”: Classics Illustrated and the “Middlebrow Problem” in the Postwar Era, International Journal of Comic Art, 1, Spring/Summer 1999. 122-139.

High Treason: Canadian Nationalism and the Regulation of American Crime Comic Books, Essays on Canadian Writing, 62, Fall 1997. 85-107.

About Me: With Rebecca Sullivan, Bart is the author of The Cultural Divide, a monthly column addressing Calgary's civic, arts, and intellectual culture in Avenue Magazine.

Bart's book, Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture, was the winner of the 2006 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Communication Association.

The portrait of Bart is by German cartoonist Martin tom Dieck, about whom Bart has written in The Comics Journal, Top Shelf Asks the Big Questions, and in his forthcoming book: Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s.