English 24

Freshman Seminar: Reading Art Spiegelman's Maus I & II

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
W 3-5 (8/29-10/10 only) 275 Kroeber

Book List

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art; Spiegelman, A.: Maus, Volume I: A Survivor's Tale, My Father Bleeds History; Spiegelman, A.: Maus, Volume II: A Survivor's Tale, And Here My Troubles Began


This seminar will meet for seven weeks on the following dates: August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10.

Art Spiegelman has been called "one of our era's foremost comics artists" and "perhaps the single most important comic creator working within the field." In this seminar we will devote ourselves to a close reading of his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic memoir, Maus, informed by a small dose of comics criticism. Students should be prepared for active involvement and at least six pages of informal writing.

This 1-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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