Visual Storytellling: An Illustrated Reader

Paperback | December 28, 2015

byTodd Pierce, Ryan Van Cleave

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Visual Storytelling combines the intrinsic high level of interest that young people have for graphic novels with the educational mission of the college English classroom. Teachers-particularly teachers of Freshman Comp and Freshman/Sophomore Literature-are faced with a significant challenge ofpresenting literature in a way that simultaneously:* Interests students* Presents a model of literary evaluation* Convinces students that such evaluation is important* Leaves them room in which to develop their own model* Encourages students to draft sophisticated responses in writing At the introductory college level, many teachers struggle to create transformative and engaging classroom experiences within the limitations of traditional readers. A graphic reader has the ability to open students to artistic and meaningful narratives-narratives rich in character and culture-thatchallenge advanced students and engage students resistant to traditional Composition assignments. A graphic reader presents literature in such a way that students often experience a greater sense of comprehension and therefore participate more fully in class. A graphic reader - especially for aComposition classroom - engages entry-level students in the college experience and energizes them toward success.A graphic reader can bring many benefits to the college classroom - particularly the Freshman classroom - and that these benefits can be used to market the book as distinct from the traditional Freshman reader. Instead focusing only on text-based literacy, a graphic reader can give extra attentionto critical and visual literacies, and promote critical literacy through its diverse and thought-provoking subject matter. Many graphic novels can be read in one sitting, but the topics raised can spark discussions complex and relevant enough to last multiple classes. These discussions provide an opportunity to investigate and analyze popular culture's representations of life experiences, ethnic and cultural groups, andhistorical events-common themes in graphic texts. Further, the nature of the graphic text asks students to read between text and image - to generate and answer questions about art - especially the question of what constitutes literary merit-life, and the intersection(s) between the two.

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Visual Storytelling combines the intrinsic high level of interest that young people have for graphic novels with the educational mission of the college English classroom. Teachers-particularly teachers of Freshman Comp and Freshman/Sophomore Literature-are faced with a significant challenge ofpresenting literature in a way that simulta...

Todd Pierce is presently associate professor of English and the co-director of the Creative Writing program at Cal Poly University. He has integrated graphic fiction into courses on image and text, contemporary literature and the American experience. Ryan Van Cleave teaches writing, literature, and media studies at the Ringling College...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:December 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019938004X

ISBN - 13:9780199380046

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Table of Contents

IdentityJeremy Sorese: Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis: The Story of a ChildhoodSarah Glidden: How to Understand IsraelLeela Corman: UnterzakhnMen and WomenVanessa Davis: In the RoughDebbie Drechsler: The Dead of WinterGabrielle Bell: Cecil and Jordan in New YorkAvril and Petit-Roulet: 63 Rue de la Grange aux BellesBrent Anderson: The HeroMartin Cendreda: La Brea WomanKevin Huizenga: PulverizeYoung AdulthoodAlison Bechdel: Fun Home: A Family TragicomicGabrielle Bell: Amy was a BabysitterLynda Barry: San FranciscoGabrielle Bell: When I Was ElevenDerf Backderf: The BankKevin Mutch: Blue NoteJonathan Bennett: Dance with the VenturesTraumaMax Brooks: Harlem HellfightersJoe Sacco: JournalismGipi: Notes for a War StoryJonathan Ames, Dean Haspiel: The AlcoholicMiriam Engelberg: Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in ComicsHistoryRobet Crumb: A Short History of AmericaJoseph Lambert: Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen KellerIsaac Metzker: A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily ForwardJohn Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell: MarchMichael Cho: TrinityDerf Backderf: My Friend DahmerPoliticsKim Deitch: Ready to DieJoshn Neufeld: A.D.: New Orleans After the DelugePeter Kuper: Ceci N'est Pas une ComicArt Spiegelman: In the Shadow of No TowersPeter Bagge: The War on FornicationThe ArtsWalter Kurtz: Stop Forgetting to RememberChris Ware: Fiction versus Nonfiction

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"This book could be incredible in learning communities and also offer unique ways to conceptualize project-based learning tasks. Of course, students and teachers might have more fun with a book like this instead of more traditional text!" --Craig Kleinman, City College of San Francisco