ENGL 289
Graphic Storytelling Fall 2019
Division I

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In the 1890s an author/artist put words and pictures together in boxes, ordered the boxes along a (short) narrative arc featuring a continuing character, published it in a newspaper, and graphic storytelling as we know it was born. 15 years later (in the form of comic strips) it had already become one of the most important storytelling modes in American culture. In this course we will follow the development of this quirky and important American contribution to world culture from comic strips through comic books to the “graphic novel.” Along the way we will consider all kinds of interesting general subjects: for instance, the relationship between commerce and creativity, the difference between good and bad culture, and the pervasive human need to tell and experience stories.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1723
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation and five or six short essays, totaling about 20-25 pages
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and first-year students who have not yet taken an ENGL Gateway course
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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