A new exhibit of selected items from our graphic novel collection is on now in the display case at the library entrance. The exhibit was created by librarian Kristof Avramsson, who describes it below:
“This display highlights a small sampling of the library’s graphic novel collection, demonstrating what Edward Said (2007) described as power of comics to:
‘Say what couldn’t otherwise be said, perhaps what wasn’t permitted to be said or imagined, defying the ordinary processes of thought, which are policed, shaped and re-shaped by all sorts of pedagogical as well as ideological pressures’.
The inclusion of graphic novels in a university library, a repository which traditionally collected ‘scholarly’ resources to support and inform institutional research practice, can trouble the collections where they are housed. They offer renderings of life and culture which are neither scholarly nor academic, and are frequently peopled by the under-represented. Using sequential art as a story telling device, graphic novels provide highly accessible glimpses into the world of their creators, but in unpredictable ways.”
The exhibit runs until November 30, 2016.