English N166

Special Topics: Graphic Novels

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2012 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
MTuTh 10-12 219 Dwinelle

Book List

Barry, Lynda: One! Hundred! Demons!; Bechdel, Alison: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic; McCloud, Scott: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art; Sacco, Joe: Palestine; Spiegelman, Art: Maus, Volume 1; Spiegelman, Art: Maus, Volume II; Tomine, Adrian: Shortcomings; Yang, Gene: American Born Chinese


Graphic novel is often defined as: “a single-author, book-length work, meant for a grown-up reader, with a memoirist or novelistic nature, usually devoid of superheroes.” Many comic artists, however, ridicule the term as a pretentious and disingenuous attempt to rebrand comics in order to elevate their cultural status. We’ll examine the definitions, history, and various forms of graphic narratives in the U.S.

Students will be expected to attend and participate in class regularly, keep up with the reading, do some in-class writing, write two 6-page papers, and complete a final exam.

This course will be taught in Session A, from May 21 to June 28. 

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