LATS 348
Graphic Narratives as Democratic Ideals Fall 2017 Division II; Cross-listed as COMP348 / LATS348 / AMST348
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This course examines the graphic narrative in terms of how each author/illustrator employs narrative elements (plotting, structure, characterization, text, and visuals) to express social realities within the context of democratic ideals. The primary focus will be on texts that explore themes of democracy and Latinidades. We will also discuss the “graphic activism” of artists like Sharon Lee De La Cruz of Digital Citizens Lab, a design collective with a focus on civic technology. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to create their own graphic narratives, either digitally or in print. Possible guest speaker: comic book artist Ivan Vélez (Planet Bronx, 2015 Creative Capital Award in Visual Arts).
The Class: Type: seminar/workshop
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 2023
Requirements/Evaluation: based on attendance and class participation, short writing exercises, 4-5 page midterm paper (close-reading a text), 10-15 page final creative paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; LATS Core Electives

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