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Höppner, Stefan. Putting the Novel into Graphic Novels. Experimental Narratives from the Novel to Digital Storytelling: 26–27 Feb, 2015. 
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Resource type: Conference Paper
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: 2015l
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Categories: General
Keywords: Canon, Format, Literature
Creators: Höppner
Collection: Experimental Narratives from the Novel to Digital Storytelling
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Ever since Will Eisner marketed A Contract with God (1978) as a “graphic novel”, the term has experienced a stellar career in the field of long-form comics. However, the term itself has found little critical attention. Is it more than a convenient marketing term? In particular, to which extent can graphic novels be called novels? My paper explores this question from four vantage points: First, is the narrative mode of long-form comics similar to linear narrative in literary texts? In particular, can they reach the complexity commonly attributed to literary texts? Second, do long-form comics fulfill a social function similar to 18th-century literary novels, chronicling the ordinary lives of everyday (bourgeois) hero/in/es? Third, to which extent does the label “graphic novel” serve as a tool for the claim for canonicity, competing with literary texts? And finally, are graphic novels indeed a timely version of the literary novel in a visual age?
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