[UPDATE] Can Comics Be Poetry? (abstracts due: November 20)

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Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College February 28 – March 2, 2014
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michael.chaney@dartmouth.edu

Comics scholars lament the problematic association of comics and fiction. Many of the most celebrated "graphic novels" are not novels at all but autobiographies. These "graphic narratives" make use of fictive literary devices, to be sure, but they also employ other devices of storytelling that are distinct from fiction. And yet, even that argument fails to address whether long-form comics can ever convey literary meaning without narrative.

What gets lost in some of the genre-squabbling over graphic novels is the extent to which comics can be poetry. This panel probes the possibilities of a lyric comics mode, a comics form that has more in line with poetry than narrative.

*Can comics be poetry?
*Which long-form comics share modes, devices, strategies, and forms with poetry?
*How do comics accomplish or perform the poetic?
*What happens to McCloudean "closure" when poetry's "non-sequitur" panel-to-panel relationships predominate?
*What new ways of thinking about comics must we consider in light of comics poetry?

Send 250-word abstracts and a bio no later than November 20 to
michael.chaney@dartmouth.edu

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