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Fall 2016 Undergraduate English Courses: Special Topics

358:256 Introduction to the Graphic Novel

01   TTH4  CAC   16821   GLISERMAN  MU-111

Introduction to the Graphic Novel will explore how graphic novels are built and told—we will learn to use a conceptual vocabulary so we can discuss how the graphic novel achieves its objective of obtaining the reader’s attention and engagement. We will develop our understanding of graphic novels by way of a didactic book about “comics;” by reading a novel about a comic strip; by looking a film version of a graphic novel; and by examining a range of graphics. We will study some recent “classics”—Persepolis, Maus, Fun Home, Ghost World. We will also explore a range of subgenres—medical, racial, superhero, etc.

The overall objective is to learn how to read graphic novels—e.g., how to understand the way the verbal and the non-verbal/graphic work together—and how to write about them. There will be a weekly one page paper, and three 5 page papers &/or exams.