ENGL 356 Comic Lives: Graphic Novels & Dangerous Histories of the African Diaspora

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as AMST323, ARTH223, AFR323, COMP322
This course explores how the graphic novel has been an effective, provocative and at times controversial medium for representing racialized histories. Drawing on graphic novels such as Jeremy Love's Bayou and Ho Che Anderson's King: A Comic Biography, this course illustrates and critiques multiple ways the graphic novel commingles word and image to create more sensorial access into ethnic traumas, challenges and interventions in critical moments of resistance throughout history. Students will practice analyzing graphic novels and comic strips, with the help of critical essays, reviews and film; the chosen texts will center on Africana cultures, prompting students to consider how the graphic novel may act as a useful alternate history for marginalized peoples. During the course, students will keep a journal with images, themes and reflections and will use Comic Life software and ipads to create their own graphic short stories based on historical and/or autobiographical narratives.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, weekly written responses, student-led facilitation, one 3-page graphic analysis, one 6- to 8-page essay, and a final project (producing a graphic short story with Comic Life)
Additional Info: not available to be taken Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
Department Notes: this course is part of the Gaudino Danger Initiative
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Distribution Notes: meets division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR or AMST; meets division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH, COMP or ENGL
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AFR Core Electives,AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3111
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
ENGL 356 SEM Africana Graphic Novels Division 2: Social Studies Rashida K. Braggs
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