EN3AGN-American Graphic Novels

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: English Part 1 or A-Level (A*, A or B)
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof David Brauner

Email: d.brauner@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Through detailed analysis of a range of graphic novels and related scholarship, students will develop their skills of close reading sequential art and their understanding of the particular discourses that characterise graphic novels and academic criticism of the medium. There will be a particular emphasis on graphic novels that interrogate and complicate the relationship between autobiography, biography and fiction and that explore constructions of gender and ethnicity in the context of broader historical and political developments in contemporary America. 


Aims:
The module has three broad aims: to provide students with knowledge and understanding of a range of work produced by American graphic novelists in the contemporary period; to introduce students to the key critical debates concerning the production and reception of the graphic novel, and to develop an informed awareness of some of the major developments in the theory and practice of American graphic novels in the contemporary period.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be expected to: • employ skills of textual and sequential art analysis to demonstrate understanding of the materials they have studied • identify and discuss key issues in the discourses of the American graphic novel • explore and interrogate some of the ways in which the works studied express and respond to social, cultural and historical conditions in contemporary America • research, organize and articulate a scholarly critical argument in written form.


Additional outcomes:
Oral and written communication skills will be developed, together with critical, interpretative and analytical abilities. Students will also enhance their IT competence through the use of relevant web resources in a critically informed manner.

Outline content:

Authors studied on the module may include Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Melissa Lasko-Gross, Phoebe Gloeckner, Michael Chabon and Scott McCloud.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Three seminar hours weekly, for which students are required to do preparatory reading. Students are also entitled to a half-hour tutorial on their formative written work. With the consent of the module convenor, students may also undertake a placement, through which they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills gained in studying for this module in a professional context outside the University.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30 1
Tutorials 0.5
Guided independent study 129.5 39
       
Total hours by term 160.00 40.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Students write one formative essay, of between 1500 and 2000 words. Feedback will also be provided on the assessed essay of 2250-2500 words, or the equivalent placement report.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in August. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 25 August.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Key Readings List:
    You can view a Key Readings list for this module here: http://readinglists.reading.ac.uk/lists/A15E3D8A-BA2E-87D3-6183-87B96C8D1A89
    N.B. Reading lists may change before the module starts.

    Last updated: 4 April 2017

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