H10 - 
The Graphic Novel
  In the past several decades the graphic novel has emerged as a significant medium of narrative art. Today comics works have won Pulitzer Prizes, are required reading in colleges and universities, have been adapted for Broadway and Hollywood, occupy special issues of the New York Times Book Review, inspire dedicated imprints from major book publishers, and are reviewed everywhere, and with as much fervor, as novels are. Out of what histories does contemporary comics spring, and what can the form accomplish? How do we describe its differences from other kinds of narratives? In this two-day seminar will explore the history of the form throughout the twentieth century, and will seek to understand the grammar of the form: what is the relationship between style and narrative? How do graphic novels document subjectivity, for both fictional and nonfictional characters? How do they build storyworlds for their characters to inhabit? The seminar will also have a pragmatic bent, as we'll discuss modes of reading and analyzing unique to comics, assignments that allow students better engage with the form, and particular texts that would work well in the classroom.
2/24/2021, 3/3/2021