Bande Dessinée

Module code: FR2044
Module co-ordinator: Dr Fransiska Louwagie

The bande dessinée, which is called the Ninth Art in French (le Neuvième Art), is an important form of popular cultural expression. In this module we will focus on 'la bande dessinée franco-belge', generally considered to be the 'cradle' of the neuvième art. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the medium's specificity and of issues of 'high' and 'low' culture, while engaging with key concepts in formal analysis and interpretation of bande dessinée. 


Introductory lectures, round-table discussions, and student-led presentations based on individual and group research.


  • Essay, 2,000-2,500 words (50%)
  • Small-group presentation (sequence analysis), including an individual write-up of 1,500 words (40%)
  • Weekly learning journal (10%)