What can comics do that other documentary media can’t? What makes comics particularly well suited to explore the complexities of history, trauma, and human behavior? What makes it effective as a form of therapy? How can nonfiction comics help students of literature become better close readers and critical thinkers?
Drawing on “The Most Costly Journey” (the 2022 Vermont Reads book) as well as works of art and criticism by Kate Beaton, Hilary Chute, Art Spiegelman, and others, this talk takes up these questions and reflects on the ways that contemporary nonfiction comics is challenging and revitalizing the study of literature.
Learn more about Vermont Reads and the creation of The Most Costly Journey here.