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Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom

Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement

  • Alissa Burger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alissa Burger
    Pages 1-8
  3. Reading, Writing, and Graphic Narratives

  4. Graphic Novels in the Literature Classroom

  5. Graphic Novels, Empathy, and Social Engagement

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-192

About this book


This collection highlights the diverse ways comics and graphic novels are used in English and literature classrooms, whether to develop critical thinking or writing skills, paired with a more traditional text, or as literature in their own right. From fictional stories to non-fiction works such as biography/memoir, history, or critical textbooks, graphic narratives provide students a new way to look at the course material and the world around them. Graphic novels have been widely and successfully incorporated into composition and creative writing classes, introductory literature surveys, and upper-level literature seminars, and present unique opportunities for engaging students’ multiple literacies and critical thinking skills, as well as providing a way to connect to the terminology and theoretical framework of the larger disciplines of rhetoric, writing, and literature.


critical thinking and writing skills composition and creative writing classes pedagogy multiple literacies Invitational Rhetoric and Transfer curriculum

Editors and affiliations

  • Alissa Burger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishCulver Stockton CollegeCantonUSA

About the editors

Alissa Burger is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Culver-Stockton College, USA. She teaches courses in research, writing, and literature, including a single-author seminar on Stephen King. She is the author of Teaching Stephen King: Horror, The Supernatural, and New Approaches to Literature.

Bibliographic information


“The essays in this collection are well-written, timely, and practical, leaving readers with smart takeaways they can adapt to their own pedagogical needs. The diversity of readings offered demonstrates the applicability of graphic fiction to a number of disciplines from literature and writing, to courses on social justice, visual culture, and ethnic and American studies.” (Jenn Brandt, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women's and Gender Studies, High Point University, USA)

“This is an excellent collection for college instructors, specifically those interested in multimodal composition and literature. The articles contain practical suggestions and in-depth ideas that have helped me reconsider teaching techniques for my own comics courses.” (Rachel Dean-Ruzicka, Lecturer in Writing and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)