Episode 18 Rodolphe Töpffer, Visionary Graphomaniac and Father of Comics

The Global Novel: a literature podcast

Apr 15 2022 • 35 mins


In this episode of The Global Novel podcast, Dr. David Kunzle (UCLA) will uncover the unknown history of how a once frowned-upon visual story-telling genre, called "picture-stories," legendarily made its way into the hands of one of the greatest literary figures of world literature Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and since then, won the hearts of the entire world. By tracing comic strips’ unique lineage in Rodolphe Töpffer, father of comic strips, Dr. Kunzle will shed light on Töpffer’s visual story-telling rhetoric as well as its endless potential as a medium.

Recommended Readings:
David Kunzle, ed & trans. Rodolphe Töpffer The Complete Comic Strip
David Kunzle,Father of the Comic Strip: Rodolphe Töpffer.
David Kunzle, Rebirth of the English Comic Strip, A Kleidoscope, 1847-1870.
Rodolphe Töpffer,
"Essay on Physiognomy" (1845) in Enter: The Comics. ed & trans.  by E. Wiese.

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