Traditionally, the graphic novel has a narrator and an illustrator, thus bridging two different media, literature and graphic depictions. The intermediality, the relationship between text and image, is of particular importance and a well-established strategy to tell a story. The term "Graphic novel" is relatively new; however, the strategy of combining text and images is not. In this class, we will look at the historical development of and theoretical approaches to the genre, which arguably goes back to the medieval form of the woodcut. We will then discuss a selection of contemporary examples. All students must purchase and read:
- Art Spiegelman, Maus I & II: My Father Bleeds History and And Here My Troubles Began (1980)
- Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis I & II. The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return (2003)
- Richard McGuire, Here (2014).
All other texts will be provided on StudIP. This class can be taken for either literature or cultural studies. It will be online and assignment driven.