The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image: Transmetropolitan's Critique of the Society of the Spectacle

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    In this article, Warren Ellis’s and Darrick Roberts’s science fiction comic book Transmetropolitan is shown to be a critique of the society of the spectacle, a warning against visual culture’s media saturation. Being at the same time both rebellious and nostalgic, the comic book reacts strongly against what it sees as the hyperreality of images, a condition which destroys meaning and empties the subject until humans are mere commodities. Using a cultural semiotics approach, I show how the comic book uses words to control the image, and to present strategies for opposition to dominant culture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElective Affinities : Testing Word and Image Relationships
    EditorsCatriona MacLeod, Véronique Plesch, Charlotte Schoell-Glass
    Number of pages12
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam/New York
    PublisherBrill | Rodopi
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)978 90 420 2618 6
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    SeriesWord and Image Interactions


    • comics
    • science fiction
    • visual culture
    • society of the spectacle

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