RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 005 Introduction to the Graphic Novel
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The graphic novel has gained enormous public visibility over the past decade or so, in part because of the numerous well-known film adaptations of graphic novels, or comics (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sin City, to name just a few of the better known examples). This popularity has also led to greater critical attention and acclaim, which has in turn spurred further developments within the form. This course will introduce students to the history of the graphic novel form, equip them with a critical vocabulary for enhancing their enjoyment and understanding of graphic novels, expose them to a sampling of the variety of genres and styles that have developed within the graphic novel, and explore questions of the implications of this literary art form for the study of traditional literary forms. We will be reading, among other things, Maus, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Persepolis, and Berlin: City of Stones. We will also be looking at some films based on graphic novels and some literary texts upon which graphic novels are based in order to highlight the specificity of this form.

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780060976255
Understanding comics : the invisible art, Author: McCloud , Scott., Publisher: Harper Perennial 2000
ISBN: 1604731087
A comics studies reader, Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 2009
ISBN: 9780141014081
The complete Maus, Author: Spiegelman, Art, 1948-, Publisher: Penguin 2003
ISBN: 0375714839
The complete Persepolis, Author: Satrapi, Marjane., Publisher: Pantheon Books 2010
ISBN: 9781596914520
Logicomix, Author: Doxiade?s, Apostolos K., 1953-, Publisher: Bloomsbury 2009
ISBN: 0930289234
Watchmen, Author: Alan Moore, writer; Dave Gibbons, illustrator/letterer; John Higgins, colorist., Publisher: DC Comics Inc. Book club 1987
ISBN: 1400052998
The metamorphosis, Author: [based on the story by] Franz Kafka ; adapted by Peter Kuper ; [translation by Kerstin Hasenpusch]., Publisher: Three Rivers Press 1st pbk. e 2003
ISBN: 0393328031
A life force : a graphic novel, Author: by Will Eisner., Publisher: W. W. Norton [New ed.]. 2006
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