you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's
Wilson Mizner, 1876-1933, American Author
This essay appeared in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal, Spring, 2012 and is available through EBSCO databases, including Academic Search Premier.
by Doré Ripley, ©2012
WRITING, or what was once called remediation, is filled with college students
who are uncomfortable with texts. They don't want to read them and they
don't want to write them because they haven't been successful with the
written word. So when students arrive to class with a graphic novel in
hand, they think, "This class is going to be easy." And that is my goal.
If students believe intensive reading and writing is going to be fairly
painless, they will relax long enough to think critically about what is
going on in the comic panels. Instead of parroting back written text,
they'll have to interpret the panels and add to the conversation already
taking place within the pages of a graphic novel. But readers of comics
must not only peruse speech bubbles, they must also decode images, creating
a rich interpretative source in a textually deficient medium. Students
must dig deep for responsive ideas and they must become comfortable interpreting
the visual/textual blend presented on the comic's page, the twentieth
century precursor of twenty-first century mediums where visuals are dominant,
a medium that can be interpreted and analyzed like any other text.
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