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Fall 2011-2012
* ENG 419 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Rise of the Graphic Novel

Lee Konstantinou

Over the last twenty years, the American graphic novel has garnered literary prizes, media attention, and publishing contracts. Yet the recent "rise" of the graphic novel threatens to conceal the fact that graphic narrative has had a long and vibrant history, from its origin in newspapers through the underground comix movement of the 1960s to its present moment of ascendency. Surveying the 20th century, focusing largely on the U.S., this course will explore the representational possibilities of graphic narrative and the history of its incorporation into high culture.

Sample reading list:
Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis
Harvey Pekar, American Splendor
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately one graphic novel per week (plus critical articles). Two 5-6 pp. papers, weekly responses on Blackboard, and one take-home final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23663 L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   46   Enrolled:77 Limit:
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:14 Limit:12
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:16 Limit:12
P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:12
24223 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:12
P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
P07 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:10 Limit:12