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University historian's work translated for Chinese edition

AN ACADEMIC of the University of Chichester has spoken of his delight after being notified that his new research on the graphic novel is to be translated into Chinese.

Professor Hugo Frey, of the Department of History and Politics, has been guided by his publisher Cambridge University Press that they are working with publishers in the East Asian country to bring out an abridged and translated publication of his work.

The Graphic Novel: An Introduction, written between 2011 and 2014 with Professor Jan Baetens of the University of Leuven, explores the history and critical context of how comics became ‘not just for kids’.

The title, which explores American publishing and literary history, provides students and scholars with an original explanation of why graphic novels are so popular and a commercially-successful means for communication of all kinds – including to tell history, life stories, as well as action and adventure.

Professor Frey said: “It is an exciting development and I am delighted the work will find many new readers soon. The new Chinese edition will be published in 2019.”

This semester Professor Frey is teaching his third-year students on the history of the rise of the graphic novel and said it is fascinating to see how visual material can be used in a history teaching experience.

He added: “It is certainly a very powerful way to quickly get to understand an aspect of modern America.”

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