COD 2023 - D817

Webinar - The Language of Comics: Revising Style and Visual Strategies in City of Glass by Paul Auster (2004) Graphic Novel. Adapted by Paul Karasik y David Mazzucchelli

Language, Humanities and Social Science teachers who would like to introduce the comic format as reading material in their lessons.

1 sesiones, inicia: 17-Mar

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Ciclo: 2023
Nivel: A Distancia
Idioma: Inglés
Estado: Terminado
Lugar: A Distancia
Capacitador/es: Martha Patricia De Cunto
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1 17 Marzo 2023 05:30 pm 07:00 pm


Martha Patricia De Cunto

She holds a Master of Arts in Literary Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, UK and is currently doing a PhD in Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. She is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Cultural Studies at UNR. She has been a lecturer in American Literature, Children's Literature, YAL Literature and Introduction to Literary Studies at I.E.S. Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernández". She has also taught Creative Writing at ISP “Joaquín V. González”. She has been a teacher of Language and Literature in several schools in Buenos Aires for more than 30 years.
Language, Humanities and Social Science teachers who would like to introduce the comic format as reading material in their lessons.
Visuals are an effective way to teach not only language but also humanities and social sciences especially in the EFL classroom. Comics and graphic novels, a longer version of the comic book or “sequential art” (Eisner 1985), do not make use of images as supplemental material but act as signifiers for meaning making. In this kind of format, pictures and words working in tandem pose a great cognitive challenge to students of all ages, and help them develop reading abilities and critical thinking. The comic format is not just for the presentation of super heroes. Graphic novels cover all genres, from memoirs, historical fiction, fantasy, documentaries, romance to science fiction, to mention just a few. Visual narrative storytelling is frequently used in journalism to report current events, also known as comic or graphic journalism and in advertising with rhetorical purposes.

The main objective of this short seminar is revisiting the language of comics through the analysis of the visual style used by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik y David Mazzucchelli (2004) in the graphic novel City of Glass, an adaptation of Auster’s novel City of Glass (1985). The analysis of the visuals will make students become acquainted with the visual choices the authors have made and their purposes. The seminar will eventually serve as a good guide for teachers to help students explore the dynamics of many comics and graphic novels in their classroom practices.

The course will aim at identifying and evaluating both visual and textual features of the comic format. It will discuss McCloud’s elements of comics: types of panels (sizes and forms) and their meaning; typography, use of images and colors, the position of drawings in the panels, emanata, gutters, the sequential transitions between the panels, the use of time and space, the layout or mise en page, the collaboration between words and pictures, splash, spread, bleed, bubbles, captions, shot and angles, among others.
The seminar will make use of City of Glass (2004) to revisit the terminology of comics. It is highly recommended that the participants read at least the first pages of the graphic novel.

You can get the graphic novel here and read it online
In "Number of Pages" choose the option "All Pages"

Or you can get a pdf copy from my Drive here
The facilitar will introduce the terminology. Students will have to identify some of the terminology in the text.
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