English 154 - Winter, 2019

The Graphic Novel

Class Information

Instructor: Stratton, Matthew
CRN: 54905
Time: TR 9:00-10:20
Location: 1150 Hart


    We are long past the moment when sequential visual images combined with narrative language needed to be defended as literature worth serious study. Nonetheless, we will take the question of aesthetic, literally, historical, and political value seriously as we critically survey old and new
    masterpieces of the graphic novel genre. By reading graphic novels alongside key theoretical texts (some of which are themselves composed as graphic narratives), we will develop a critical vocabulary and analytical approach to these works that is up to the unique challenges and opportunities that they afford readers, writers, visual artists, and perhaps even cultures as a whole.


    Essay #1 25%
    Essay #2 35%
    Quizzes 15%
    Final Exam 25%


    La Perdida, Jessica Abel
    Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
    Black Hole, Charles Burns
    My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Emil Ferris
    Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
    Maus, Art Spiegelman
    Nat Turner, Kyle Baker