The Graphic Novel
Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)
Over the past 30 years, the graphic novel has won numerous readers with its bold topics, innovative forms, and vivid artwork. We will explore the origins, development, and unique workings of these sequential narratives, from the socially conscious woodcut novels of the 1930s (e.g., Lynd Ward’s Gods’ Man ) to the complex vigilante heroes of Moore and Gibbons' Watchmen, to some idiosyncratic recent works. Other texts will include Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and the graphic memoirs of Marjane Satrapi and David Small. Our overall goal is to develop an informed and critical perspective on this powerful medium. Students who register for eight credits will read and research additional graphic works or, with faculty approval, create graphic narratives of their own.
Fields of Studyliterature visual arts writing
Humanities, literature, visual arts
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