Christopher Pizzino

Christopher Pizzino

Christopher Pizzino

Associate Professor

Literature: Contemporary Literature; History and Theory of the Novel; Image Theory; Film and Television Studies; Comics Studies

Christopher Pizzino is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of English for academic year 2022-2023. At his home institution, the University of Georgia, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, where he regularly teaches courses on genre theory, image theory, and contemporary literature, comics, film, and television. His course materials often span multiple media, from traditional print literature to webcomics, and multiple time periods, from the era of the ancient Greek novel to the rise of "prestige television." His scholarship, which has appeared in ImageTexT, Postmodern Culture, and PMLA, among other venues, is likewise broad in scope, often focusing on the relationship of cultural production to cultural legitimacy. In 2020, he completed several years of service on the executive committee of the MLA's Comics and Graphic Narratives forum.

A 2016 lecture on comics history and questions of delinquency can be found on YouTube.

Click here for an interview released around the time of Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature.

Selected Publications

“Race, Retconning, and Refraction in HBO’s Watchmen.” The Routledge Companion to Global Literary Adaptation in the Twenty-First Century. Forthcoming from Routledge, 2022.

“The Complexities of ‘Closure.’” Forthcoming issue of Law and Humanities, 2022.

“Gutter.” Keywords for Comics Studies. NYU Press, 2021.

“Can a Novel Contain a Comic? Graphic Nerd Ecology in Contemporary US Fiction.” The Novel as Network: Forms, Ideas, Commodities. Palgrave, 2020.

“On Violation: Comic Books, Delinquency, Phenomenology.” Critical Comics Studies. U of Mississippi Press, 2020.

“The Cartoon on the Comics Page: A Phenomenology.” The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies. Oxford UP, 2019.

“When Realism Met Romance: The Negative Zone of Marvel’s Silver Age.” The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel. Cambridge UP, 2018.

“Juvenile, Cruel and MAD: In Defense of Immature Comics.” Comics Studies: Here and Now. Routledge, 2018: 317-332.

“Comics History and the Question of Delinquency: The Case of Criminal.” Comics Memory: Archives and Styles. Palgrave, 2018: 165-185.

“Burn After Reading: Animal Terrorism in Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One.” Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature 42.1 (2017).

“Comics and Trauma: A Postmortem and a New Inquiry.” ImageTexT 9.1 (2017).

Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature. U of Texas P, 2016.

 “The Doctor Versus The Dagger: Comics Reading and Cultural Memory.” PMLA 130.3 (2015).


PhD Rutgers University, 2008