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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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From Who-ville to Hereville: Integrating Graphic Novels into an Undergraduate Children’s Literature Course

From Who-ville to Hereville: Integrating Graphic Novels into an Undergraduate Children’s Literature Course

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(p.141) 9 From Who-ville to Hereville: Integrating Graphic Novels into an Undergraduate Children’s Literature Course
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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
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Gwen Athene Tarbox

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0010

This chapter sets out a model for comics studies instruction that the author developed for use in ENGL 3830, Literature for the Intermediate Reader, a children's literature survey course offered at Western Michigan University to students majoring in education or the humanities. She emphasizes the usefulness of introducing comics studies as part of a longer process that focuses on the acquisition of visual interpretation skills. The units offered during the second half of the semester begin with illustrated chapter books and transition to film adaptations of these chapter books, to picture books, to hybrid text/comic narratives, and finally, to graphic novels. With each successive unit, students apprehend the presence of visual imagery as the driver of narrative progression, one of the key course learning objectives.

Keywords:   comics studies, literature survey, visual imagery, children's literature, education, humanities

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