RLSP 210
Graphic Novels, Spain, and Economic Crisis Spring 2024
Division I

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The massive economic crisis that began in 2007 affected all areas of life in Spain, among other things, led to the rise of several social movements and critiques of neoliberalism. In this class we will study graphic novels — a booming medium in contemporary Spain — along with other mediums such as literature and film to see how they reflect this key moment in Spanish society. We will consider the ways in which these novels represent new social movements as well as effects of the crisis that continue to this day. In the process, we will not only gain a better understanding of contemporary Spain, but also unpack the characteristics of visual storytelling. Readings may include Miguel Brieva’s Lo que me está pasando, Manel Fontdevila’s ¡No os indignéis tanto!, and Isaac Rosa’s & Cristina Bueno’s Aquí vivió: Historia de un desahucio.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3125
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Conducted entirely in Spanish. Evaluation will be based on active participation and attendance, one group presentation, four take-home essay quizzes, and one final project (12-15 pages).
Prerequisites: Spanish 105 or 106, or results of the College Placement Exam, or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors and certificate students.
Distributions: Division I

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