Fall 2018 Undergraduate English Courses

358:256 Introduction to the Graphic Novel

01  TF3  CAC  13063  GLISERMAN  MU-114

 Introduction to the Graphic Novel will explore how graphic novels are built and told—we will learn a conceptual vocabulary to 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 graphic introduction to comics.  Our understanding will develop by examining a range of graphics—e.g., Persepolis, Maus, Fun Home, Our Cancer Year,  Ghost World, Watchmen.  These and others are examples of a range of themes and genres—autobiographic, illness narrative, costumed heroes, etc. The overall objective is to learn how to read graphic novels—i.e., 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, an exam of the formal properties of the graphic novel, and a 5-7 page paper.