Kenneth Burke and the Identification of Graphic Novels
Identification is a key term for the discussion of rhetoric in Kenneth Burke’s A Rhetoric of Motives. I propose to examine the many ways that graphic novels confound us, creating counter pressure to our sensibilities and to the traditional academic milieu, and ways in which they create unique opportunities for identification and consubstantiality.
“A Young Ally to the Rescue!”: Lessons on Performing Patriotic Manhood in The Young Allies
The field of Women’s and Gender Studies has begun in recent years to more thoroughly examine the construction of masculinities in popular culture. Many scholars have written on the cultural reproduction of masculinities, however, there are few studies on the shift in the cultural production of masculinity from one hegemonic ideal to another.
'Tales and Dreams': Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Critical and Creative Thinking in the English Classroom
“Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ash . . .”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman
This paper will focus on the importance of critical and creative thinking in the English classroom, and how the comic-book series, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, can help students learn how to analyze, evaluate, and be creative. Most English educators know that critical and creative thinking should be central in any English class.