Moving your literature teachers to be more daring

It is pretty well known that when it comes to choosing the works you will study in your syllabus, teachers are in control, in most cases, of the process. Many considerations play into this: the school situation in terms of boards which have oversight of schools, budgets, personal preferences, and school aims and philosophy. Nevertheless, sometimes teachers can be invited and nudged to go in new directions and sometimes, just sometimes, you can have a role in that. So let’s say there ...

Beyond ‘Persepolis’

Much good work is being done with Persepolis, both in Parts 1 and 4.  Do remind students, however, that including address of both the words and the images is expected in order to recognize the nature of the work. I would like to point out that there are two other works on the PLT that you might consider for Part 1.  The first is Marguerite Abouet's work, Aya, set in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.  This is also an autobiographical work and quite ...

It’s Summer: Read a new graphic novel

Here's a few that the Washington Post nominated as Best of 2013; get your local library to buy them--they'll probably be delighted to see you reading!  Enjoy! HIP HOP FAMILY TREE By Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics) A young Pittsburgh bard travels back to the New York birth of rap with DJ Kool Herc and rattles off encyclopedic knowledge through dynamic, interwoven narratives of the ’70s and early ’80s. The feat is backed by era-appropriate art on pages yellowed with nostalgia. Dope, yo. ...

First woman graphic novelist

For the way-back beginning leading up to such popular works as those of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Are you my mother, look at the link below. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/26/helena-bochoakova-dittrichova_n_5354241.html I was interested in seeing Helena's work, and since it was Saturday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the library where they are exhibited was closed, but was kindly opened for me to get a look at this small collection, work which was done from 1929.  These are ...