ENG4414 – The Auto-Graphic Novel
The graphic novel is a relatively recent phenomenon, a genre that draws simultaneously on contemporary visual culture and narrative methods. Some of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of recent memory are also autobiographical, telling a personal story of survival in the face of personal and/ or collective trauma.
The graphic novels in this course are all autobiographical, personal expressions of the artist confronting death, revolution, and/ or war, and they all depict the ways that the individual both shapes and is shaped by history.
With this as background, in this course we will study the graphic novel as a unique literary form, and discuss questions such as:
- What does the graphic novel do that other genres cannot?
- In what ways it is a useful vehicle for autobiography?
- How do these text construct an ethics of encountering “the other”?
After completing this course you have:
- developed a vocabulary for discussing the relationship between texts and images
- learned how to analyze graphic novels as a way to think about current events and debates
- learned how to understand some of the ways that artists and writers use their lives and work to transform both personal and collective memory
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Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.
Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator. Read more about guidelines relating to obligatory activities.
The exam is a term paper of 10 standard pages. Students will have an opportunity to receive commentary on drafts of their papers. You are supposed to work on the assignment throughout the whole semester.
You must submit your paper in Fronter in the course's "fellesrom". Read more about submission procedures
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.