English 165

Special Topics: The Graphic Memoir

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2017 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
MWF 10-11 4 Evans American Literature
Special Topics

Book List

Barry, Lynda: One! Hundred! Demons!; Bechdel, Alison: Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama; Bechdel, Alison: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic; Chast, Roz: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir; McCloud, Scott: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art; Sacco, Joe: Palestine; Satrapi, Marjane: Persepolis; Spiegelman, Art: Maus, Volumes I and II; Yang, Gene Luen: American Born Chinese

Other Readings and Media

Reader (scholarly essays on comics and memoir).


A 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 will examine the definitions, history, and diverse forms of graphic narratives in the U.S., focusing on graphic memoirs.

This class is open to English majors only.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Fall, 2017
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165/1 Special Topics: Genres of Free Speech Lavery, Joseph
165/2 Special Topics: Art of Writing Benjamin, Daniel
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Spring, 2017
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165/2 Special Topics: Incarcerations: The Literatures of Physical Confinement and Spiritual Liberation Padilla, Genaro M.
Fall, 2016
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165/1 Special Topics: Telling Stories: The Power of Narrative in Academic Writing Donegan, Kathleen
Spring, 2016
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165/1 Special Topics: Arthurian Medievalisms No instructor assigned yet.
165/2 Special Topics: 21st-Century U.S. Poetry O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
165/3 Special Topics: Oscar Wilde and the Nineteenth Century Lavery, Joseph
165/4 Special Topics: Representing Non-Human Life in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain Picciotto, Joanna M
165/5 Special Topics: Is It Useless to Revolt?: Literature of Revolt Goldsmith, Steven
165/6 Special Topics: Queer Lifestyles in Literature and Theory Weiner, Joshua J
165/7 Special Topics: Later 17th-Century Nonfictional Prose Starr, George A.
165/8 Special Topics: Arts of Writing: Academic Writing, Grant Writing, Food Writing Schweik, Susan
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Fall, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: Contemporary Poetry Gaydos, Rebecca
T. B. A.
165/2 Special Topics Thomas-Bignami, Ian M.
T. B. A.
165/3 Special Topics Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
165/4 Special Topics: Longing and Belonging in Contemporary Writing Langan, Celeste
165/5 Special Topics: Hardly Strictly Lyric Poems Hanson, Kristin
165/6 Special Topics Lavery, Joseph
165/7 Special Topics: Modern California Books and Movies Starr, George A.
165/8 Special Topics: Modern Medievalism: A Study of Medieval Poetry and Modern Fantasy No instructor assigned yet.
Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: American Modernism Goble, Mark
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