My last entry was about a new class; this one is about an older class, but since the material is continually evolving, I thought it made sense to write briefly about it here as well. ENGL 386: The Graphic Novel has undergone a few iterations, but in its current form, it’s an upper-level literature class, intended for English Majors and meeting one of their requirements for 5 literatures on any topic. As I think the title suggest, “The Graphic Novel” is somewhat formal in focus, considering the elements of the comic medium as they are developed through the graphic novel genre.
The assignments routinely involve close analysis of comic pages, one large-scale collaborative research project, and one collaborative creative project in the form of a web-based graphic text — often, students do this last one as a “webcomic,” which we can host at UMWBlogs.org using ComicPress.
Choosing novels for this class is always difficult. You can see the full list of every text I’ve used for this class here in my Zotero library.
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