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April 16, 2011

ENG 300 ST: The Graphic Novel

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Shifts at the end of the previous century broke down many elitist barriers that divided high and low-brow forms of art and, in pop-culture, transformed “funny papers” and “comic books” into “graphic narratives” and “sequential art.” ENG 300 ST: The Graphic Novel is a special topics survey course designed to . . .

. . . introduce upperclassmen to the transatlantic world of twentieth and twenty-first century sequential art novels (a cross-discipline genre that intersects with literature, cinema, and illustration) and the growing body of scholarship that validates it as a both a legitimate and respectable form of narrative. Primary texts to be examined (in either whole or part) include texts by several of the award-winning and key players in the industry, such as, Neil Gaiman (U.K.), Scott McCloud (U.S.), Frank Miller (U.S.), Allan Moore (U.K.), Marjane Satrapi (Iran), Art Spiegelman (U.S.), and a few upstarts you may have never heard of.

The first goal of this seminar-style course is to encourage students to become more active readers of their own generation’s emerging genres and the second, due to the diverse, global concerns of the assigned readings, is to further the university’s goal of promoting a more informed culture of social justice and community engagement.

In addition to his Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism, the instructor for this course has a B.A. in Art and an M.L.A. in Liberal Arts, and each of these areas of knowledge play a crucial role in graphic narratives. Prerequisites for the course are ENG 121, ENG 122, and ENG 220 (or, special permission of the instructor--just email and ask for more info.).

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Posted by lhobbs at April 16, 2011 10:12 AM

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Update: The books that will be required for this section of ENG 300 include:*

McCloud, Scott. _Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art_. Harper, 1994. ISBN-10: 006097625X

Miller, Frank. _300_. Dark Horse, 1999. ISBN-10: 1569714029

Moore, Alan. _From Hell_. Top Shelf Production, 2000. ISBN-10: 0958578346

Satrapi, Marjane. _The Complete Persepolis_. Pantheon, 2007. ISBN-10: 0375714839

Spiegelman, Art. _The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale_. New York: Pantheon, 1996. ISBN: 0679406417 (OR) ASIN: B001G50SCS

Yang, Gene Luen. _American Born Chinese_. Square Fish, 2008. ISBN-10: 9780312384487

(You are encouraged to procure second hand copies of these from providers such as Amazon.com, half.com, e-bay, etc. as new copies can be quite expensive. Edition and hardcover/softcover will not matter--please find the least expensive option).

*Other required readings will be provided on loan from either the instructor or the Cannon Memorial Library (or, both)

Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at June 5, 2011 10:36 AM

Having just finished a graphic novels class in my course study for my masters, I can say there is more to Graphic Literature than I expected. I cannot honestly say I enjoyed all of it, but I found it interesting and see how it could be especially helpful in teaching adult ESL students English.

Posted by: Cathy Herstead at June 14, 2011 04:06 PM

Thank you Cathy for your input. I would be interested to hear which works you read for the course and which ones you found the most interesting.

Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at June 20, 2011 07:23 PM

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