Collins Living Learning Center | Graphic Novel
L210 | 25205 | Rebecca Peters-Golden


Graphic novels wed art, literature, and popular culture in a way that forces
many critics to rethink the idea that they are less complex, less culturally
relevant, and of less value than "real" literature. This course takes the graphic
novel as its object of study: we will examine the history from which it develops,
its formal construction, its themes, and its concerns. The class also uses
graphic novels as a way to ask questions about the ways literature and art
can represent, affect, and explain the histories and culture that produces
them. We will work through many themes that are essential to graphic novels
(alienation, gender, sexualities, race, class, violence, history, high/low culture)
and conclude with a study of the recent upswell in filmic adaptations of
graphic novels. Assignments will vary from informal responses to historical
research, and from analytical writing to creative projects.