ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
Section: 036
Term: FA 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Course Note:
This course studies the intersection between critical thinking and persuasive writing, and, using literary texts as the point of reference, takes as its goal the development of the student's skill at writing cogent expository and argumentative prose.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Comics is a weighted word. This term, the one serious readers apply to the sequential art narratives they love, has no adjectival form in English, no easy portmanteau that means “comics-esque,” “comics-ish,” “comics-like.” That curious shortcoming in our language is neither a sign that graphic narratives are unworthy of full membership in the language of scholarship, nor that the resources of emerging scholars of comics have failed them—this game of mad libs is, rather, an indication that the academic vocabulary has yet to catch up with the growth of a medium that has been coming into its own with astonishing speed, power and sophistication in recent years. 

One genre in the medium that has developed with particular sophistication is the comics memoir. In this course, we will learn how to expand and apply close reading techniques to sequential art memoirs, we will build a vocabulary for talking about how non-fiction narratives work in this hybrid medium. Theoretical perspectives will include the work of Scott McCloud and Douglas Wolk, among others. Primary readings will probably focus on works by Craig Thompson, David B., Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco, Guy DeLisle, Alison Bechdel, Eddie Campbell, Leland Myrick, Lynda Barry and Miriam Katin.

Much like good sequential art, expository writing, at its best, offers readers an intricate conversation between argumentation and style. As this course progresses, we will strive to write compact and polished essays. We will try to compose, in other words, essays that aspire to the condition of art—more—essays that aspire to the condition of comics. Although our primary subject will be recent sequential art memoirs, we will intersperse those readings with complementary texts in verse, prose or a mixture of the two. In examining these texts together, we will learn how to expand and apply close reading techniques to comics, building a vocabulary for talking about how non-fiction narratives work in this hybrid medium. Together, we will think about the methods writers and comics creators use to tell non-fiction stories, the vocabulary we need to describe those methods and the generic constraints and opportunities that language and sequential art provide to memoirists.

ENGLISH 124 - College Writing: Writing and Literature
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NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 0618477942
Fun home : a family tragicomic, Author: Bechdel, Alison, 1960-, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2006
Required
ISBN: 9781570613371
One hundred demons, Author: Barry, Lynda, 1956-, Publisher: Sasquatch Books 2002
Required
ISBN: 9781560974321
Palestine, Author: Sacco, Joe., Publisher: Fantagraphic Books 2001
Required
ISBN: 1413010121
Writing analytically, Author: David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen., Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth 4th ed. 2005
Optional
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