Fall 2009

The Graphic Novel

Listed in: English, as ENGL-74


Alexander S. Chee (Section 01)


This is a course in the reading of the contemporary graphic novel, a form with a voice made from the juxtaposition of visual art and text. Readings will focus on the unique demands this voice places on the reader, the writer/artist and the story as well as how a form first known for pulp science fiction and melodrama now tells stories about war, illness, censorship, terrorism, immigrant experiences and sexual identity. We will read Max Ernst, Frank Miller, Art Spiegelman, David Wojnarowicz, Kazuo Koike, David B., Guy Delisle, Joann Sfar, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Marjane Satrapi, Alison Bechdel, and Eugene Yang. All French and Japanese work will be read in translation. Two class meetings per week.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Preference given to junior and senior English majors. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Visiting Writer Chee.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Fall 2009