• Alissa Burger


The introduction provides a brief overview of the graphic novel medium, with specific emphasis on the pedagogical possibilities of multimodal literacy engagement, as well as key terminology and reading strategies that will serve as a primer for those readers who are interested in incorporating graphic novels into their English classroom for the first time. This chapter also contextualizes the collection with a short discussion of graphic novels as literature, their incorporation in education in general, and the unique benefits of using graphic narratives in teaching writing, rhetoric, and literary analysis. Finally, the introduction concludes with an overview of the collection’s organization and included chapters.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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