Unflattening: A New Take On a Graphic Novel (and academic writing)

As we are planning for our fall Graphic Novel Symposium, I thought it would cool to highlight some non-superhero graphic novels. Unflattening by Nick Sousanis is a unique take on philosophy and academic writing in the form of a comic book. Here’s the review from Harvard:

“Unflattening is an insurrection against the fixed viewpoint. Weaving together diverse ways of seeing drawunflatteningn from science, philosophy, art, literature, and mythology, it uses the collage-like capacity of comics to show that perception is always an active process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points. While its vibrant, constantly morphing images occasionally serve as illustrations of text, they more often connect in nonlinear fashion to other visual references throughout the book. They become allusions, allegories, and motifs, pitting realism against abstraction and making us aware that more meets the eye than is presented on the page.” (From Harvard University Press website)

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