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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 54302
Genre Fiction as Literature:
The Graphic Novel as Memoir

Instructor: Zachary Vickers

Class Type: Literature

Course Description: In this course, we will take an introductory look at a unique form of literature: the graphic novel. Using three contemporary examples (specifically graphic memoir), we will examine the emotional weight of text and image--both separately and together--discuss how the text-image dynamic creates stunning, evocative, poignant, and beautiful renditions of the human experience, and debate how this hybrid form can or cannot serve as an elevated medium versus traditional prose or imagery.


The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
Art Spiegelman
ISBN 9780679406419

ISBN 9780375714573

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Alison Bechdel
ISBN 9780618871711

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301