Visual Storytelling - LIR 626

An unexplored literary genre, the graphic novel provides a unique interplay of words and images whereby the narrative is relayed through words accompanied by illustrative art. The course will examine the link between visuality and narrativity and will focus on meaning, agency, representation, semiotics, and myth. Students will study the evolution of the genre, its structure, language and impact on today’s readers. Authors might include the Pulizer-Prize winner Art Spiegelman, Raymond Briggs, R. Crumb, Marjane Satrapi, Paul Auster, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, and Roland Barthes.