Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels

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Credits

20

Module code

CG50001

The aim of the module is to introduce students to critical approaches to comics and graphic novels. It is a core module in the Comics Studies MLitt and helps students apply a range of theoretical perspectives to the study of comics, as well as considering the development of Comics Theory.

Indicative topics:

  • Comics Theory and Visual Culture
  • Marxism, Historicism and Materialism
  • Gender and Feminism
  • Modernism and Structuralism
  • Psychoanalysis and Post-Colonialism
  • Post-Modernism and Metafiction

Assessment

Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • Weekly journal (20%) between 250 and 350 words per week. Collated version due Friday Week 14.
  • Presentation (20%), given in class, topic to be agreed with module organiser.
  • Research essay (60%, 4,000 words), due Friday Week 15.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Use critical approaches and theoretical perspectives in the analysis of comics and graphic novels
  • Show familiarity with the development of comics theory
  • Show awareness of the variety of critical and theoretical perspectives and their relationship to one another
  • Articulate independent critical responses to comics using theory

Convenor

Dr Chris Murray