Literary Genres: The Graphic Novel in a Global Context

Course Number: ENGL 128GN
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit provided letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 128AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor: Samolsky, Russell
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1112

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.

Our concern in this class will be less with superheroes and more with the way in which the graphic novel engages the representation of global sites of conflict and atrocity. Beginning with the Jewish Holocaust and working our way to Palestine, Lebanon, Israel and New York on 9/11, we shall examine how the graphic novel takes up such ethical problems as the limits of representation, the relationship between fiction and testimony, as well as that between trauma, memory and mourning. We shall also deal with questions of moral responsibility and accountability with regard to acts of torture. While these will be our predominant concerns, we shall also look into how graphic novels self-referentially comment upon their process of artistic composition as well as upon the very form of the comic itself.

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