English R1B

Reading and Composition: Image and Text

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Spring 2016 Clark, Rebecca
MWF 11-12 225 Wheeler

Book List

Agee, J.: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; Baker, K.: Nat Turner; Bechdel, A.: Fun Home; Clowes, D.: Ghost World; Lewis, J.: March; Moore, A: Watchmen; Saint-Exupéry, A.: The Little Prince; Satrapi, M.: Persepolis; Tomine, A.: Shortcomings; Yang, G.: American Born Chinese

Other Readings and Media

Film adaptations, TBD


This class will look at a variety of works--comics, graphic novels, chidren's books, advertisements, political cartoons--that combine images with text to tell stories. How, we will ask, do words and images play with, against, or off of one another when we read these hybrid works? How does their combination help authors alternately to create fantastical new worlds, document painful or playful quotidian realities, or navigate and narrate traumatic personal and national histories? What special demands do these works make on their readers? What narrative and thematic possibilities do they open up? How can we analyze and write about them?
In this course, you will produce approximately 32 pages of written work through a gradual process of drafting, editing, reviewing, and revising. We will work on reading critically, posing analytical questions, crafting and supporting well-reasoned arguments, and developing research skills. The course will culminate in an original research paper.

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