CFP: Teaching Graphic Novels in the Literature Classroom (4/15/09; M/MLA, 11/12/09-11/15/09)

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"Teaching Graphic Novels in the Literature Classroom"

Increasingly comic books and graphic novels find their way onto literature syllabi. Recent anthologies such as _Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills_, edited by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher, and _Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel_, edited by James Bucky Carter, emphasize the use for such texts in secondary schools. But what are the benefits of teaching comic books and graphic novels in college? And how do we best go about doing it? This panel seeks papers that discuss the benefits of teaching these new genres in the Literature classroom. Papers may address pedagogical issues and concerns as well as sample lesson plans and/or anecdotes from experience. Please email abstracts by April 15, 2009 to Dr. Robyn Schiffman, Fairleigh Dickinson University,