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ENGL 147
Comics as Literature


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities] [Diversity]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Examines a variety of forms of drawn literature, including comics, graphic novels, autobiography, as well as less traditional narratives. Primary focus of the course is on critical acclaimed graphic novels. Formerly LIT 147.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the major landmarks, cultural trends, and social pressures that influenced the development of the American comic for and popular genres, especially in regard to representations of race, gender, and sexuality.
  • Identify and compare the narrative styles of comics from various traditions, genres, and cultures.
  • Compare conventions and subjects of representation in American mainstream comics, independent comics, and foreign comics.
  • Analyze the conventions and capabilities of comics in relation to plain texts and films.
  • Apply literary terms and concepts to comics.
  • Interpret comics of varying degrees of complexity by applying the reading conventions that have grown up around the medium in various cultures.
  • Evaluate the interpretations of others by comparing them back to the text.
  • Distinguish one's own world view from the theme of a comic.

  • Course Topics
  • Literary interpretation
  • Conventions of narrative comics
  • Mainstream vs. independent press
  • American vs. Manga layout and narrative structure
  • Representative art
  • Cultural representation
  • History and evolution of comics
  • Memoir comics
  • Web comics

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    ENGL 147
    Winter 2010
    1433
    David Owens


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.