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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.

Textbooks (5): 

Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995
Author: Joe Sacco, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction)
ISBN: 9781560974703
Publication Date: 01/17/2002
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Author: David B.
ISBN: 9780375714689
Publication Date: 07/04/2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Author: Art Spiegelman
ISBN: 9780679406419
Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Author: Alison Bechdel
ISBN: 9780618871711
Publication Date: 06/05/2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Author: Marjane Satrapi
ISBN: 9780375714573
Publication Date: 06/01/2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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