THE PURPOSES OF THIS ASSIGNMENT
WHAT TO DO
You've been asking for some "fun," so here you go. For this assignment, you can
Apply a traditional literary critical eye to
The 9/11 Commission Report--that is, pick an
argumentative literary paper topic and write about it in say 5-8 pages (for
instance "Water Symbolism in Watchmen"
or "The Narrative Voice in The 9/11 Commission Report"--in
other words, play with the ways you can apply a traditional lit
crit eye to seeing and reading a graphic novel. (For
instance, how would you incorporate a direct quote from a graphic novel?
With or without the picture?) Document the research you bring to the paper
in MLA style, and produce it as closely as you can to a traditional lit
crit document (probably a Word file).I'd like you to focus
on one of the two major graphic novels we read for our class if you take
this option, not some other text. (The article by
Uchmanowicz, though it's in APA style, is a start at how you might include
pictures in an academic text.)
Or....choose a short
narrative (and by short, I mean "short"--think "Hills Like White Elephants"
or "Araby," not Finnegan's Wake
or Paradise Lost) and write a
treatment for how you would turn it in to a graphic novel. As an example,
you can look at
Gaiman's script for "Calliope"
(or at least the beginning of it...it's long and I only scanned about 40% of
it) and his discussion of the various ways a writer might write such a
script to give to an artist.
Or, if you have the inclinations and talent, try to draw your own short graphic narrative. (Macs have a program that let you do this fairly easily; I'm not sure there's an equivalent Windows or Linux program, but if you find one, let us know!)
In any of the three cases, be prepared to discuss what rhetorical principles and concepts you used to create your text. You'll need these ideas to include in your metanarrative if you choose to add this assignment to your portfolio, so start taking notes (and blogging about the process) now.
Post a link to your project on our class Ning site