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Are Comics Literature?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Program title: Are comics literature? (And what is a graphic novel, anyway?)
Wednesday, May 26 @ 7 pm
Description: Dr. Eric Berlatsky will discuss and explore some of the history and formal qualities of comic books, as well as their artistic, aesthetic, and/or literary value. Part of the conversation will explore definitional questions (“What is a comic?” “What is a Graphic Novel” “How are they the same or different?”) as well as the elements of comics that make them similar to and/or different from related media like film or literature. The question of the educational value or comics and/or graphic novels will also be discussed. If you ever wondered if Charlie Brown, Samuel Beckett, Batman, and Jack the Ripper could appear in the same presentation---you now have your answer!
About the presenter: Eric Berlatsky, PhD, is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of the Comparative Studies Ph. D. Program and Professor of English. Previous to his current position, he was Chair of the Department of English for 6.5 years. He is the author of “The Real, The True, and The Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation” (Ohio State UP. 2011), the editor of Alan Moore: Conversations (UP of Mississippi, 2012), and the co-editor of Mixed-Race Superheroes (with Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Rutgers UP, 2021). He has published articles on the fiction or comics of Charles Dickens, Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster, Virginia Woolf, Milan Kundera, Paul Auster, Graham Swift, Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Hanif Kureishi, and Posy Simmonds. He has co-published work on race and the superheroes The Flash, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Black Lightning, Moon Girl, and Spider-Man with Sika Dagbovie-Mullins. He lives at home with his wife, two daughters, two cats, and guinea pig. He also likes the Mets.


Free; registration required. The Zoom ID and password will be provided with registration confirmation.


Organizer: Isabella Rowan