Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include.
The course will explore Graphic Narratives as genre, covering broad themes of Fantasy, Magic Realism, and Feminism.
First, we will explore the different forms that Graphic Narratives take, including books and web comics, alongside how they differ from super-hero comics and Japanese manga. During this time, we will also discuss how reading and interpreting images affects our understanding of the texts.
After discussing Graphic Narratives as a genre, we will read several examples that touch on themes of Fantasy & Magical Realism, each with a unique and distinctly feminine perspective. Students will consider topics such as how Fantasy and Popular Culture influence our everyday lives, how authors portray women in this genre, and how the genre of Graphic Narratives informs our conversations and thinking about these topics.
Students will be expected to write several short responses to the readings throughout the course, along with two papers of varying lengths. Possible texts may include an assortment of brief readings on related topics and core texts such as Stand Still, Stay Silent; Nimona, Coraline; In Real Life; and Anya’s Ghost.