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|LITR 279 - THE GRAPHIC NARRATIVE|
The Graphic Narrative studies the rise and development of what some consider a "new" literary form: the graphic novel (or graphic narrative, or sequential art, or comic book). Of course, this "new" art form is at least a century old. In this course, we will consider the graphic narratives primarily as literary texts. Of course, graphic narratives are also works of visual art. Comics are filled with pictures, but these are not illustrations in the traditional sense--they are part of the language of the form. Students will need to negotiate two symbol systems--cartooning and language--and determine how they work together to create meaning. While many think of the graphic novel as an American form, it has become an international phenomenon. We will read comics from around the globe and consider them in cultural, historical, and literary contexts. To help us with this analysis, students will be asked to apply various theoretical concepts to the comics, including Cultural and Marxist Criticism. We will also read works in theory and criticism, as well as traditional literary texts.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
MJ-AMER-Amer Literature, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES, MJ-LITR-Int'l Litr Selection
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
FOR LITR 279
Course or Test: ENGL 180
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.
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