Teaching Graphic Narratives in the Literature Classroom

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Midwestern Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO (Nov 3-6, 2011)
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Increasingly comic books and graphic narratives/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. Even the MLA has an edited collection called _Teaching The Graphic Novel_ , edited by Stephen Tabachnick. But what are the benefits of teaching comic books and graphic narratives/novels specifically 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 and/or Composition classroom. Papers may address pedagogical issues and concerns.

Please submit 250-word abstracts to Robyn L. Schiffman, rls@fdu.edu by June 3, 2011.

Chair: Robyn L. Schiffman, Fairleigh Dickinson University, rls@fdu.edu