The Graphic Novel


Course Objective

In this course, students learn about the burgeoning field of comics
studies. Particular interest will be paid to discussions of high/low
culture in terms of literary studies and art discourse.

Course Content

The starting point of this course will be an exploration of the
historical advent of comics and the dismissal they faced - and are still
facing - in literary studies and art discourse. After tracing comics'
history, we will begin to more closely analyze a variety of different
comics forms using insights from the fields of semiotics, narratology,
gender studies, memory studies, and art history to name but a few

Teaching Methods

4 hours per week in block 2. Final assessment in block 3.

Method of Assessment

Active Participation (10%), Presentation (30%), Essay (60%).
Students must receive a 5.5 or higher on the essay to pass the course.

Entry Requirements

Some historical and theoretical interest in comics or image-texts is


To be announced in the course syllabus, which will be posted on Canvas
well in advance of the start of the course. Theoretical readings will
include Groensteen, Hatfield, Eisner, McCloud, Chute, Rohy, Greenberg,
Krauss, W.J.T. Mitchell, and Deleuze and Guattari. Comics readings will
include Spiegelman, Satrapi, and Bechdel, and a number of other works.

Target Audience

This course is part of the Master's program English Literature in a
Visual Culture. Students from other MA or RMA programs are welcome.

Additional Information

The level of written and spoken English in this course is high.
Attendance in the course seminars is compulsory. If you are absent at
more than 3 seminars (20%), you cannot pass the course. Exceptions may
be made in serious personal circumstances. Make sure to inform both your
lecturer and the academic advisor in such cases.

General Information

Course Code L_ELMALTK002
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. E.L. la Cour
Examiner dr. E.L. la Cour
Teaching Staff dr. E.L. la Cour

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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