Mannheim, Germany

Graphic Novels: Bridging Cultures

when 12 June 2019 - 6 July 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 250

This course looks at encounters between different cultures, positive and negative, as represented in graphic novels. We may encounter different cultures as tourists, as students, as journalists, as immigrants or as exiles. Sometimes when we enter a different culture, we are cut off from our surroundings by linguistic difference, and forced to observe as an outsider. Even when we speak the language of the other culture, or some of those we encounter speak our language, there remains a distance that needs to be bridged. How does the visual narrative form of the graphic novel, where both words and the real world are represented only as symbols, help communicate the challenge of communicating and understanding? Several examples from the German- and English-speaking worlds will be examined; depending on time and availability, texts may include Line Hoven’s Love Looks Away, Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang, Sarah Glidden’s Rolling Blackouts and Ulli Lust’s Today Is The Last Day Of The Rest Of Your Life (all texts in English).

Course leader

Prof. Paul Malone

Target group

Undergraduate Students

Fee info

EUR 250: This course forms part of the Mannheim Summer School 2019. The registration fee of 250€ includes all coursework (up to two courses of the program), a Welcome Reception, a welcome package, two excursions, evening leisure activities, a Farewell BBQ, transcript of records and certificate as well as individual support in finding accomodation.


The Mannheim Summer School is strongly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We are therefore able to keep registration cost low for every participant and do not offer individual scholarships.