Martha Kuhlman

Dr Martha Kuhlman

Associate  Professor of Comparative Literature, English and Cultural Studies, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI

Modern Language Association, Member of the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narrative

Contact Details


Postal address: English and Cultural Studies,  Bryant University, Smithfield RI, 02917

Telephone number: 401 232 6441

Biography and Research Interests

Martha Kuhlman is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University where she teaches courses on the graphic novel, Central European literature, and critical theory. She coedited The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking University Press of Mississippi (2010) with Dave Ball of Dickinson College. In addition, she has published articles on comics in The Journal of Popular Culture, European Comic Art, the International Journal of Comic Art, and contributed to the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching the Graphic Narrative.

Research interests: Central European Literature, Literary Theory, Graphic Novels


The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking, eds. Martha Kuhlman and Dave Ball. 2010. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

 “In the Comics Workshop: Chris Ware and Oubapo.” The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking. Martha B. Kuhlman and David M. Ball. eds. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010. 78-89.

“City of Glass: The Poetics of the Page,” in Teaching the Graphic Novel, edited by Stephen Tabachnick. 2009. New York:  Modern Language Association.

“Time Machine: Main Train Station by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99,” International Journal of Comic Art, Spring 2009.

“The Silence of the Page: Une trop bruyante solitude, the French adaptation of Bohumil Hrabal’s Too Loud a Solitude, European Comic Art, Fall 2008

“The Traumatic Temporality of Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Fall 2007

Conference Papers and Talks

Panel organizer, “Graphic Narrative and Catastrophe.” American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI, April 2012

“Retelling History in the Borderlands: Bomber by Jaromír 99” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA Jan 2012

“The Labyrinth of Comics,” Post-1945 Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2011

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the Graphic Novel: Jimmy Corrigan” New England Comic Arts in the Classroom, Providence, RI, March 2011

(Earlier papers omitted)


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