Why Not Comics? Challenging the Graphic Novel Canon in the University (4/3 - 4/6/2014)

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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This panel seeks papers to examine why mainstream comic books are often excluded from classroom instruction and scholarly discussions about comics and graphic novels. What are the strategic reasons for these exclusions? What roles do publishing formats and/or narrative themes have on such choices? How are such exclusions linked to preconceptions regarding high and low culture? Why have some texts become canonical and why is the canon so narrow? How have the textual choices and exclusions informed or reinforced academic discourse about comics and graphic novels? Please send 200-300 word abstract and a brief biography to Kenneth Sammond, ksammond@fdu.edu by September 30, 2014.

45th Annual NeMLA Convention
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

Panel Organizer/Chair: Ken Sammond (Fairleigh Dickinson University)