Expanding Art History's Border: Steffen Kverneland's Munch

Clarence Sheffield
This article provides a critical analysis and interpretation of Steffen Kverneland's comic Munch (2013). The book offers new, important insights and an expanded context for Munch's life and work. Kverneland regards Munch's penchant for wit, irony and caricature as a kind of proto-comics. Kverneland's own presence in the narrative, along with Lars Fiske, helps to problematize a single, authoritative voice in the comic. It also compels the reader to reflect on the challenges and limits of art
more » ... d limits of art historical interpretation. Above all, Munch demonstrates the unique power of comics to express and materialize history and to engage the reader's active participation.