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Spring 2016-2017
* GSS 373 / AMS 383 / ENG 332 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Graphic Memoir

Alfred Bendixen

An exploration of the graphic memoir focusing on the ways specific works combine visual imagery and language to expand the possibilities of autobiographical narrative. Through our analysis of highly acclaimed graphic memoirs from the American, Franco-Belgian, and Japanese traditions, we analyze the visual and verbal constructions of identity with an emphasis on the representation of gender dynamics and cultural conflict.

Sample reading list:
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
Shigeru Mizuki, Nonnonba
Liz Prince, Tom Boy
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
Art Spiegelmann, Maus
Craig Thompson, Blankets
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
An average of 200-250 pages of graphic material per week.Two short papers (approx. five pages or 1500 words), one longer essay (approx. 8-12 pages or 2750-3500 words), a short presentation on an author not covered in the syllabus; and a take-home final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43324 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed