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- in a single page, she can depict a memory o f being with her mother inher childhood, dialogue between herself and her mother as they chat on thephone in the present, plus an image of herself toiling at her desk, trying to writeher memoir. And what Bechdel and her mum are saying on the phone links to thediaries of the early 20th-century writer Virginia Woolf, which Bechdel alsobrings to visual life. Try doing that with words - it would take a chapter.Bechdel does it in a few panels. That, in the end, is precisely what keeps graphicliterature so distinct from prose narrative.Graphic novels and traditional novels demand, to be sure, the same amountsof time, intellect and artistry from the authors. But that doesn’t mean they’re thesame thing. A few years on, will you be clicking the buy button on a graphicnovel as happily as you’d pick up a work by a traditional novelist? Even Bechdelconfesses that her reading habits are still struggling out of the past. ‘Honestly, Iwould be slightly more inclined to pick up a non-graphic work,’ she says. ‘Atthis point, there’s not a huge number of graphic novels that are about topics thatinterest me. But that, too, is changing. We’re becoming more visually literate.There’s some reason for these graphic novels creeping into the canon. We’rereading differently from how we used to 200 years ago.’1. What does the writer say about the nomination of two graphic novels for theShakespeare Book Awards?A. It revealed the closed-mindedness of the literary establishment.B. It was the result of confusion among members of the panel,c.It generated debate about the true purpose of the prize.D. It was not deliberately calculated to attract people’ attention.2. The w ord ‘panel’ in the text refers toA. The novelistsB. The specialistsc.The votersD. The graphic designers3. What does Robert Macfarlane suggest about graphic novels?A. Their long-term success has now been assured.B. Their banning from literature courses has backfired.38
c.They are a logical step in the development of fiction.D. They tend to be less innovative than traditional novels.4. The word ‘segregate’ is closest in meaning toA. excludeB. disengagec.disaffiliateD. victimize5. In the third paragraph, the writer suggests that, in the past, writers of graphicTnovelsjA. lacked the support of influential figures.B. were systematically discriminated against.c.tended to accept their inferior social standing.D. underappreciated the importance of literary awards.

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Professor
Pham Bien
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