I want to explore the use of the graphic novel as a medium for memoir and autobiographies. I am particularly drawn to this subject because my whole life right now seems to be revolving around the memoir. I am in Non Fiction II and I just finished the first non fiction course as well as Modern Memoirs. I find that memoirs can be the most interesting and expressive forms of writing. And now I have broken into yet another aspect of autobiography, the graphic novel memoir.
I am intrigued by this aspect of non fiction and I want to read some more novels beyond Persepolis and Fun House. I will try to read Deogratiasand/or Alan's War before I write my essay so that I have more information to work with and more stylistic variety. I also found an article from Time that discusses the new directions of this genre.
I would also like to explore the more visual aspects of memoir. In writing non fiction, it is the authors job to stay in the realm of truth while shaping it into a creative form. But with the inclusion of images, how much visual truth mus the author show the reader? Is it ok for the author to then draw the people as cartoon animals, or does that make it a lie and thus fiction? I also think it is interesting that some of these new graphic non fiction novels are not illustrated by the author, like Alan's War, some are collaborations. I wonder again if this is crossing over the non fiction line.