English C143V

: Visual Autobiography

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Wong, Hertha
TTh 9:30-12:30 300 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Momaday, N. S.: The Way to Rainy Mountain; Spiegelman, A.: Maus: Parts I and II; Reader (available from Copy Central).


Visual autobiography encompasses a wide range of self-representations and self-narrations: conventional books in which images are integral to the whole, rather than mere supplementation or illustration; pictographic (picture-writing) ledgerbooks; photo-biographies; artists' books (individually handmade textual art objects); narrative quilts; comic books; electronic personal narratives; and other visual forms. This course emphasizes practice. Student work will be presented and discussed regularly in in-class critiques; these will be supplemented with written assignments and exercises. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary materials; participate in class discussions, exercises, and critiques; keep a visual/verbal journal; produce three visual/verbal projects and a major final project. At the end of the semester, there will be a public showing/reading/performing of student work.

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