The Graphic Novel and Historical Fiction

When a “comic book about the Holocaust” hit shelves in the 1980’s, audiences and critics were thrown into hot debate about the medium’s ability to address serious historical subjects. This work, Maus, by Art Spiegelman, is now widely regarded as a literary classic, and many other graphic novel renditions of historical fiction have followed it, forming a unique and fascinating sub-genre. Graphic novel artists from around the world have chronicled complex historical subjects, like the Iranian Islamic Revolution in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, the Boxer Rebellion in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints, and the Space Race in Nick Abadzis’ Laika. This course will dive into the workings of this medium that combines the verbal with the visual, examining how it reaches readers on a global scale and why it has become such a celebrated way to impart humanizing, personal accounts of huge, sweeping historical events.

Dates: June 29-July 24 (MWF)
Times: 1-3pm
Course Fee: $1000
Instructor: Ms Laura Paik
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