English 430: Literature & the Visual Arts

November 9, 2009

English 333: Comics & Graphic Novels

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Jim Woodring's ambiguous anthromorph Frank slumbers on a Jiva

Jim Woodring's FRANK takes a nap

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English 333: Comics & Graphic Novels

Spring 2010, Class #13156, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 to 3:15pm

Prof. Charles Hatfield

In Spring 2010, the CSUN English Department will once again offer English 333, its survey course in comics, including comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels. This course will introduce the analysis of comics as a storytelling medium, an art form, and an aspect of culture. Students in 333 will practice analyzing (and using!) comics’ unique means of communication; will learn about the history of comics, especially the modern graphic novel; and will read some of the best work in comics, both classic and contemporary.

AUTHORS to be studied will likely include Carl Barks, Lynda Barry, R. Crumb, Will Eisner, Justin Green, Los Bros Hernandez, George Herriman, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Winsor McCay, Rutu Modan, Alan Moore, Harvey Pekar, Art Spiegelman, Tezuka Osamu, Carol Tyler, Chris Ware, Jim Woodring, and others. We’ll be reading some very recent stuff, and some classics; much North American work and some European and Japanese work; some long works and some short ones; a lot of comics and a bit of comics theory.

REQUIREMENTS will include strong participation; regular postings to an online forum; a creative (comics-making) project; two short (3-5 page) papers requiring argument and analysis; and a final exam, including a take-home portion and an in-class portion.

For more information, contact Prof. Charles Hatfield at charles dot hatfield at csun dot edu.

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