Jared Gardner

In many respects I am a print and media historian first, and a narrative theorist second—but my work in the archives is always in search of answers to questions about how new media—whether early printed caricature in the 17th century, mass industrial print in the 19th, film and comics in the 20th or digital media forms in the 21st century—present new possibilities and challenges for narrative production and reception. After having written about the early American novel, early American magazine culture and the twinned emergence of comics and film in the early 20th century, I have been bouncing between a range of smaller research projects, and am only now beginning my next major one, focusing on the circulation of early visual print culture in the 17th and 18th centuries.