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Infrastructural Forms: Comics, Cities, Conglomerations

Davies, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-3584-5789 (2022). Infrastructural Forms: Comics, Cities, Conglomerations. In: The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies. (pp. 163-176). London, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003124931-14


This chapter introduces comics as a distinctly spatial, infrastructural, and urban form, comprised of narrative building blocks and an architecture all their own. Through a series of examples taken from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and from both the global North and the global South, it shows how graphic narratives are able to intervene into the socio-spatial dialectic of urban life. Urban comics not only reveal the infrastructure of the city as a material embodiment of competing and often invisible interests. They also recalibrate and re-conceive urban space towards more socially and spatially just ends – often from the ground up.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies on 10 August 2022, available online:
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > English, Publishing & Creative Writing
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