Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 64–84 | Cite as

Dual Pathways to Expression and Understanding: Canadian Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels

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In this article, the authors examine three Canadian coming-of-age stories, written as graphic novels, and pay particular attention to how the images and print text come together in the telling of the narrative. This approach reinforces the notion that form and content cannot be separated in this medium. Drawing on examples from each of the graphic novels and the interviews with the graphic novelists who wrote them, the article explores the complexity of the coming-of-age theme in each graphic novel, as well as how print text and image converge to make meaning.


Canadian graphic novels Coming-of-age Text and image Multiliteracies Multi-modal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy StudiesUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada

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