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Book: Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class

Chapter: 14. Watching/Reading: Graphic Narratives and University Writing

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27779


This chapter comes out of experience teaching graphic novels in the contexts of Hong Kong and Mainland China and conducting a workshop on using the graphic novel as a foundation for critical thinking at the Summer Institute for Creativity and Discovery in University Writing that was held at the City University of Hong Kong in the summer of 2013. In the first part of this chapter I discuss the potential strengths of using graphic novels in university writing classes. In the second part, I discuss activities and strategies for implementing graphic narratives into the classroom by referring to two texts: Guy Delisle’s Burma Chronicles (Delise, 2007) and Joe Sacco’s Not in my Country (Sacco, 2010). I close with some brief reflections and recommendations.

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