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Teaching the Graphic Novel

Editor(s): Stephen E. Tabachnick

Pages: viii & 353 pp.
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781603290616

"Professors and teachers thinking of introducing graphic narratives in their courses, or of creating a dedicated class for this popular genre, will do well to consult it and profit from the generous advice of its contributors."
Vittorio Frigerio, Belphegor

"This excellent collection lays out an impressive series of methods and techniques for teaching graphic novels. It comes at just the right moment, as the graphic novel has matured into an influential art form that has made a place for itself on the contemporary cultural scene."
M. Thomas Inge, Randolph-Macon College



The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Graphic novels are now appearing in a great variety of courses: composition, literature, drama, popular culture, travel, art, translation. The thirty-four essays in this volume explore issues that the new art form has posed for teachers at the university level. Among the subjects addressed are

  • terminology (graphic narrative vs. sequential art, comics vs. comix)
  • the three outstanding comics-producing cultures today: the American, the Japanese (manga), and the Franco-Belgian (the bande dessinée)
  • the differences between the techniques of graphic narrative and prose narrative,and between the reading patterns for each
  • the connections between the graphic novel and film
  • the lives of the new genre’s practitioners (e.g., Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar)
  • women’s contributions to the field (e.g., Lynda Barry)
  • how the graphic novel has been used to probe difficult moments in history (the Holocaust, 9/11), deal with social and racial injustice, and voice political satire
  • postmodernism in the graphic novel (e.g., in the work of Chris Ware)
  • how the American superhero developed in the Depression and World War II
  • comix and the 1960s counterculture
  • the challenges of teaching graphic novels that contain violence and sexual content
The volume concludes with a selected bibliography of the graphic novel and sequential art.

Contributors
M. G. Aune
J. P. Avila
Jan Baetens
Anthony D. Baker
Terry Barr
Edward Brunner
James Bucky Carter
Michael A. Chaney
Frank L. Cioffi
Jesse Cohn
Mark Feldman
Christine Ferguson
J. Caitlin Finlayson
Claudia Goldstein
Pamela Gossin
Darren Harris-Fain
Charles Hatfield
Dana A. Heller
Tammy Horn
Rachael Hutchinson
Martha Kuhlman
Alison Mandaville
Chris Matz
Ana Merino
John G. Nichols
Nathalie op de Beeck
Michael D. Picone
Eric S. Rabkin
Elizabeth Rosen
Paul D. Streufert
Laurie N. Taylor
Anne N. Thalheimer
Brian Tucker
Bryan E. Vizzini
Joseph Witek


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