Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels
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.
- Comics Theory and Visual Culture
- Marxism, Historicism and Materialism
- Gender and Feminism
- Modernism and Structuralism
- Psychoanalysis and Post-Colonialism
- Post-Modernism and Metafiction
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
Dr Chris Murray