Literature to Comics module (EN31015)

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Module code


  • Level 3
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%


This module explores the adaptation of literary texts (mainly novels, but also some poems and plays) into comics and graphic novels. It includes:

  • Robert Crumb's version of Boswell's London Journal
  • Martin Rowson's take on Laurence Stern's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman,and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
  • Moby-Dick (Herman Melville) as envisaged by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Oscar Wilde's Salomeby Aubrey Beardsley, and adapted into a comic by David Shenton
  • Kidnapped and Jekyll and Hyde(Robert Louis Stevenson),adapted byAlan Grant and Cam Kennedy, and another version adapted by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky
  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, adapted byDavid Zane Mairowitz and Catherine Anyango
  • Short stories by Kafka adapted by Peter Kuper, and The Trial, adapted by Chantal Montellier and David Zane Mairowitz
  • Various stories by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted by Alan Moore
  • City of Glassby Paul Auster, adapted by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli

The newly published series The Graphic CanonVol. 1 - 3 is also studied.


Normally, successful completion of entry requirements for the third year of the MA English programme


Dr Golnar Nabizadeh


This module is assessed as follows:

  • Close Analysis Essay (25%)
  • Presentation (25%)
  • Research Essay (50%)


Secondary Texts

  • Berninger, M., Ecke, J., and Haberkorn, G. (eds), (2010) Comics as a Nexus of Cultures: Essays on the Interplay of Media, Disciplines and International Perspectives
  • Groensteen, T. (1999), The System of Comics
  • Hatfield, C. (2005), Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature
  • Heer, J. & Worchester, K. (eds) (2008), A Comics Studies Reader

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This module is available on following courses: