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ERIC Number: EJ971709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Teaching History with Comic Books: A Case Study of Violence, War, and the Graphic Novel
Decker, Alicia C.; Castro, Mauricio
History Teacher, v45 n2 p169-188 Feb 2012
In this essay, the authors present a case study that demonstrates how graphic novels can be utilized in the history classroom. More specifically, they discuss the benefits (and challenges) of using comic books to teach undergraduates about war and violence. While much of their discussion focuses on the historical particularities of Uganda, their ideas and experiences are likely to resonate with a wide variety of educators, both within and outside the discipline of history. There are a number of lesser-known, but equally compelling texts that explore war, displacement, and genocide in a variety of different contexts. Thus far, very little has been written about these less familiar comic books. This essay introduces readers to one such work--"Unknown Soldier," by Joshua Dysart and Alberto ponticelli, which the authors believe does an excellent job of complicating students' understanding of war and violence in Africa. (Contains 35 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Uganda