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LITERATURE

LIT-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

LIT-496
002
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Graphic Novel

This course explores the form and meanings of graphic novels through an introduction to semiotic analysis, the study of signs and sign processes. Through this study of interpretive strategies, students examine and collaboratively construct strong methods by which to study and critically examine works of popular culture, texts we often categorize as just entertainment and feel a resistance to thinking about seriously. Readings include contemporary graphic novels and theoretical works in the field of popular culture studies including Stuart Hall's Notes on the Deconstruction of Popular Culture and Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. Meets with LIT-608 002.

LIT-496
E01L
LITERATURE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Studying Graphic Narrative

In this course, in the context of contemporary U.S. culture, students examine how critical studies of popular culture have a legitimate and meaningful place in the arts and humanities. Through in-depth studies of several primary texts, including Maus, Heartbreak Soup, Black Hole, and Fun Home, students learn how graphic novels use and manipulate literary form and visual codes to address philosophical, historical, and social issues. Required online discussion: every week, Wednesdays 7-10pm. Meets with LIT-608 E01L.