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AFR 323
Comic Lives: Graphic Novels & Dangerous Histories of the African Diaspora Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 322 / AFR 323 / AMST 323 / ENGL 356 / ARTH 223

Class Details

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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3951
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 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)
Prerequisites: none
Unit Notes: this course is part of the Gaudino Danger Initiative
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 322 Division II AFR 323 Division II AMST 323 Division II ENGL 356 Division II ARTH 223 Division II

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