English 24

Freshman Seminar: Reading Art Spiegelman's MAUS

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2014 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Tues. 2-4 (Sept. 2-Oct. 14 only) 346 Kroeber Hall

Book List

McCloud, Scott: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art; Spiegelman, Art: Maus: Vols. I and II


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. The required texts for this seminar are 1) Maus. Volume I:  A Survivor’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History; 2) Maus. Volume II: A Survivor’s Tale, And Here My Troubles Began; and 3) Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Students should be prepared for active involvement and at least six pages of informal writing. 

Please note: This class will meet September 2 through October 14 only.

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

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