Skip to main content Skip to navigation


Comics are a great way of working through difficult ideas. I have been using comics as a pedagogical tool in my seminars, as well as in my own research activity more widely. Here are some examples:

A Comic about Comics (for "Modern World Literatures") (2014)

In the week that students were assigned to read Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis, I drew this comic strip to help the students better understand how they might read comics critically. The comic strip was uploaded onto the module's Moodle site.

mwl_comics_about_comics_p_1.jpg MWL comics about comics  MWL comics about comics MWL comics about comicsMWL comics about comics

"Because I didn't have a camera with me, here's an illustration instead." (BAVS conference) (2016)

I drew this illustration and posted in on Twitter in September 2016, as a way of encapsulating the wonderful experiences I had at the 2016 British Association of Victorian Studies annual conference at Cardiff University (30 August - 2 September 2016). The conference theme was "Consuming (the) Victorians."


Heather Love's "Descriptive Turn" (for "The English 19C Novel") (2016)

Early in the course, the students were assigned 7 critical readings on theories of the novel, ranging from Bakhtin's "Discourse in the Novel" to Barthes's "The Reality Effect" to Heather Love's 2010 article, "Close but not Deep: Literary Ethics and the Descriptive Turn." I anticipated that the students would find it very difficult to read and understand all 7 readings, so I divided them into groups and got them to draw short comic strips summarising the main argument of a reading of their choice. This is the comic I drew based on Love's article, which I showed to the students as an example.

Heather Love 1Heather Love 2

How to Use Theory (For "Modes of Reading") (2018)

An easy-to-understand way of reminding students not to simply impose theory onto the text.

how to use theory 1how to use theory 2how to use theory 3how to use theory 4how to use theory 5how to use theory 6