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Jennifer Beattie, Arts and Sciences Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
Me “I don’t read comic books!” Neil Gaiman “All of a sudden I felt like someone who'd been informed that she wasn't actually a hooker; that in fact she was a lady of the evening." Daniel Raeburn "the literary equivalent of calling a garbage man a 'sanitation engineer.'"
Is graphic novel, then, just a euphemism for comic book, or is it something else altogether? Does the graphic novel have literary merit, or is it just lowbrow, popular fiction? Does it belong in academic library collections, in college literature classrooms?
Definition a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format. suggests a complete story that has a beginning, middle and end, as opposed to an ongoing series. implies a story that is outside the genres commonly associated with comic books, or that deals with more mature themes History…
from Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake (1790-1793)
Image from the 1934 graphic novel Une semaine de bonté ("A Week of Kindness") by Max Ernst
Classics Illustrated 1941-1971 Albert Kanter Confessions Illustrated 1956
Debatable Littera = letters Art Evolving definition Standards of literary value change over time “imaginative works of exceptional quality” “what gets taught in schools and colleges” “a particular kind of attention to language”
Aristotle: mimesis, or imitation of life The Secondary World Theory The creation mirrors the author’s primary world, both are highly structured Plot Characters Tone Symbols Conflict
The Test of Time Theory Aesthetics Storytelling
The literary canon Agreed upon works that are important to read or study Changes in last 40 years Expanded Diversified
Does the graphic novel fit these definitions? Does it deserve a place in the canon?