The Pictured Page: Literature to Comics
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the relationship between literature and comics/graphic novels, particularly the ways in which works of literature have been adapted to this hybrid medium, which combines text and image in a sequential narrative form.
Students will read the original texts alongside the adaptations and consider the strategies that have been used by the comics creators to translate the text into a comic, with particular emphasis on the visual language and how it adapts narration, perspective and focalisation.
- Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift), adapted by Martin Rowson
- Salome (Oscar Wilde), adapted by David Shenton
- Kidnapped and Jekyll and Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), adapted by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, and by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky
- Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad), adapted byDavid Zane Mairowitz and Catherine Anyango
- Short stories by Kafka, adapted by Peter Kuper, and The Trial (Franz Kafka), adapted by Chantal Montellier and David Zane Mairowitz
- Various stories by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted by Gardner Fox, Bernie Wrightson, Moebius, John Coulthart, and Alan Moore
- City of Glass (Paul Auster), adapted by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli
Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:
- 7 weekly journals, 250 words each (20%)
- Presentation in class (20%)
- Research Essay, 4,000 words (60%), due Friday Week 14
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Perform close readings of comics and graphic novels and the literature that they have been adapted from.
- Show familiarity with the processes of adaptation
- Show understanding of the issues raised by the process of adaptation and the scholarship and criticism related to this field
- Articulate independent critical responses to these works
Dr Chris Murray