The Graphic Novel

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

Taught by

Steve Blakeslee
English, writing, literature

Over the past 30 years, the graphic novel has won numerous readers with its bold topics, innovative forms, and vivid artwork. We will explore the origins, development, and unique workings of these sequential narratives, from the socially conscious woodcut novels of the 1930s (e.g., Lynd Ward’s Gods’ Man ) to the complex vigilante heroes of Moore and Gibbons' Watchmen, to some idiosyncratic recent works. Other texts will include Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and the graphic memoirs of Marjane Satrapi and David Small. Our overall goal is to develop an informed and critical perspective on this powerful medium. Students who register for eight credits will read and research additional graphic works or, with faculty approval, create graphic narratives of their own.

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature visual arts writing

Preparatory For

Humanities, literature, visual arts


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tue/Thu 5:30-9:30p

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning