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Dr. Erin La Cour holds a PhD from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, with a thesis entitled “The ‘Graphic Novel’: Discourses on the Archive” (2013). She was project advisor for the sequential art exhibition “Black or White” (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2013) and is a former editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art and book review editor for Early Popular Visual Culture. She is currently faculty advisor for the creative writing and experimental image/text journal Expanded Field, is a member of the Nordic Network for Comics Research, and is the co-founder and co-director of Amsterdam Comics, an independent research consortium. Erin has co-edited the collections Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects, and Communities (Cambridge Scholars, 2015), “Comics in Art/Art in Comics” (Image [&] Narrative, 2016), and is currently working on the forthcoming Key Terms in Comics Studies (Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and special journal issue "Graphic Medicine" (Biography 2021). Her current research focuses on both the intermediality and mediality of comics in several socio-historical cultural milieux. Her most recent publications on these topics include “Comics as a Minor Literature” (Image [&] Narrative, 2016), “Social Abstraction: Toward Exhibiting Comics as Comics” (UP Liége, 2017), "Out of the Comics Closet: Reevaluating the Archive of Women's and Lesbians' Stories through Alison Bechdel's Oeuvre" (De Gruyter 2020), and Above, Below, Between: The “Graphic Novel” in Literature and Art (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021). She is also currently completing her Comenius Teaching Fellowship from the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research, entitled "Opening a Dialogue about Mental Health through Comics and Creative Writing." The results of the project will be available at


Dr. Erin La Cour teaches in the BA program Literature and Society, the MA program Literature in a Visual Culture, and the RMA in Literary Studies. She is also the faculty advisor for the creative writing and experimental image/text journal Expanded Field.

BA Courses:

  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing and the Publishing Industry
  • Literature in a Visual Culture

(R)MA Courses:

  • The Graphic Novel
  • Contested Spaces

She also supervises PhD projects and theses on all levels, and is particularly interested in projects about comics, image/texts, (inter)mediality, creative practice, and graphic medicine.

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Academic qualification

Cultural Analysis, PhD, ASCA, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 11 Jun 2013


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