Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG235H1F   L0101   MW10-1
The Graphic Novel
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Lesk
Office Telephone: TBD
Office Location: TBD

Brief Description of Course: In ENG235, an introductory course, we will examine the rhetorical uses of comics in order to think through important questions of multimodality in various subgenres: short narratives, auto/biography, the superhero, multimedia, and film (wherever possible). In particular, we will explore the following questions: To what rhetorical purposes are comics used? How is “truth” represented/constructed through visual, textual, and multimodal rhetorics? What is the relationship in these texts between the writer and his or her social context, and how is that represented by the visual codes of these texts? In pursuing these questions, we will delve into the history of comics, look at how both history and current events are represented in the comics medium, and consider the intertextual interplay of comics, literature, and art.

Required Reading: TBA, but definitely Alison Bedchel, Fun Home (2006); Charles Burns, Black Hole (1995 - 2005); Josh Cotter, Skyscrapers of the Midwest (2010).

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: TBA.

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