From Comics to Graphic Novels (EAS3242)

30 credits

This module introduces students to the analysis of sequential art, especially in the form of long-length narratives for adult readers, and it considers how such ‘graphic novels’ grew out of periodical comics. The course starts in the 1960s, when the term ‘graphic novel’ was coined. The module focuses on North American texts, with a few graphic novels from other national contexts. From Comics to Graphic Novels builds on theoretical issues studied elsewhere on the BA English degree, such as the construction of subjectivity through self-representation, genre, tradition, canon formation, and the politics of depicting gender, ethnicity, nationhood, and the Holocaust.

 

While it is not a prerequisite it would be advantageous for students to be familiar with the theories studied on the Level 1 module Approaches to Criticism and to understand the debates surrounding the concepts ‘modernism’ and ‘postmodernism’.