Spring 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

358:256 Introduction to the Graphic Novel

01   09269   GLISERMAN   TTH 2:50-4:

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 graphic introduction to graphics/comix.  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—e.g., how to understand the way the verbal and the graphic work together—and how to write about them.  We will write a blog, in class, on each class day as a way to generate a paper; there will be one exam on the formal properties of the graphic novel, and two papers (4-6 pages) developed from the blogs.