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Thursday, February 18 • 8:45am - Friday, February 19 • 3:15pm
Comics and Graphic Novels for Adolescent Readers and Critical Pedagogy (RECORDED)

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Comics and Graphic Novels for Adolescent Readers and Critical Pedagogy This presentation will take participants on a thematic tour of graphic novels appropriate and intended for adolescent readers. Themes will include: coming-of-age; fantasy; friendship; historical narratives; horror and other genre fiction; memoir and non-fiction; refugee and immigrant experiences; texts by Indigenous authors; science fiction; social justice; sexuality; superheroes; and stories about a number of social issues directly affecting young people, including the climate crisis, poverty, racism, and gender-based inequality. This presentation will also discuss the links between critical pedagogy and comics reading, arguing that the interpretive opportunities offered by comics allow young readers to think about social issues in a particularly creative fashion, less beholden than other forms of literature to prescribed and expected ways of thinking.

Speakers
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David Lewkowich

Comics and Language Arts, University of Alberta
David Lewkowich is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, who teaches in the areas of literacy and language arts. His research interests include the study of comics and graphic novels, psychoanalytic theory, and autobiographical inquiry.


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED