Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement

Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement

by Alissa Burger (Editor)

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This collection highlights the diverse ways comics and graphic novels are used in English and literature classrooms, whether to develop critical thinking or writing skills, paired with a more traditional text, or as literature in their own right. From fictional stories to non-fiction works such as biography/memoir, history, or critical textbooks, graphic narratives provide students a new way to look at the course material and the world around them. Graphic novels have been widely and successfully incorporated into composition and creative writing classes, introductory literature surveys, and upper-level literature seminars, and present unique opportunities for engaging students’ multiple literacies and critical thinking skills, as well as providing a way to connect to the terminology and theoretical framework of the larger disciplines of rhetoric, writing, and literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319634586
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Alissa Burger is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Culver-Skton College, USA.She teaches courses in research, writing, and literature, including a single-author seminar on Stephen King. She is the author ofTeaching Stephen King: Horror, The Supernatural, and New Approaches to Literature.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Not Just Novels: The Pedagogical Possibilities of the Graphic Narrative
3. Understanding Rhetoric, Understanding Genre: A Rhetorical Genre Studies Approached Writing Course
4. Writing Through Comics
5. Teaching the History and Theory of American Comics: 20th Century Graphic Novels as a Complex Literary Genre
6. “What is the use of a book … without pictures of conversations?”: Incorporating the Graphic Novel into the University Curriculum
7. “Does Doctor Manhattan Think?”: Alan Moore’s The Watchmen and ‘Great Books’ Curriculum in the Early College Setting
8. “If He Be Mr. Hyde, We Shall Be Mr. See”: Using Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and the Visual Narrative in the Gothic Literature Classroom
9. Teaching March in the Borderlands Between Social Justice and Pop Culture
10. Revising the Rhetoric of ‘Boat People’ Through the Interactive Graphic Adaptation of Nam Le’s “The Boat”
11. Performative Pedagogies and Performative Texts: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as Compositional Model

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“The essays in this collection are well-written, timely, and practical, leaving readers with smart takeaways they can adapt to their own pedagogical needs. The diversity of readings offered demonstrates the applicability of graphic fiction to a number of disciplines from literature and writing, to courses on social justice, visual culture, and ethnic and American studies.” (Jenn Brandt, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women's and Gender Studies, High Point University, USA)

“This is an excellent collection for college instructors, specifically those interested in multimodal composition and literature. The articles contain practical suggestions and in-depth ideas that have helped me reconsider teaching techniques for my own comics courses.” (Rachel Dean-Ruzicka, Lecturer in Writing and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

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