Connecting Personal Experience with Scholarship

Sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Recorded on 04/17/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 375

On Comics and Grief book cover

In the third episode of this four-part series, Dale Jacobs, author of On Comics and Grief, discusses the book’s creative nonfiction framework that blends comics studies scholarship with the grief over the loss of his mother. Dale takes us back to the beginning of the title, starting with an article that saw his nostalgia and grief as an access point into the text, rather than a roadblock. Walking through the evolution of the book structure, Dale describes the largely intuitive writing process, guided by a general outline of comics to analyze and connections to family memories. Further, he explains how a scholar’s personal relationship to a discipline allows new ideas to form in a way that traditional, impersonal academia can prevent. As Dale notes, “I wanted to write this partially as a way to say, not in every instance…but there is a place for bringing the personal in, for bringing in the reasons we study what we study, for bringing emotion in.”


About the guest:

Dale Jacobs headshot

Dr. Dale Jacobs
Professor, English
University of Windsor

Dale Jacobs is the author of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy (2013) and the co-author (with Heidi LM Jacobs) of 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (2021). His essays on comics have appeared in journals such as InksEnglish JournalCCCBiography, and Studies in Comics. He lives in Windsor, Ontario.


Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:


Check out our previous series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press:
– The Contemporary Leonard Cohen
– Creative Disruption in Scholarship
– Performing Female Blackness
– Canadian Poetry Today
– Animal Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Multispecies Modernity


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