Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AREL 852 - Beyond Words: The Graphic Novel and Representations of Ethnic and Racial Violence, the Holocaust and Genocide

3 credits


 The graphic novel is an intense convergent medium of word and image which combines into an immediate and powerful confrontation with the subject at hand.  Graphic novels can compel a visceral means of engaging and understanding socio-historical events that for many are distanced by time, space, or place.  This sequential art form is no longer the “pow” and “zap” realm of the caped crusaders of yesterday’s comic books, but is a vast array of varying styles, perspectives and content.  In this course, we will begin with a discussion of the theoretical framework of graphic novels and an overview of their historical antecedents, before moving to specific works.  Readings are in English or in English translation.  Readings will vary each semester that the course is taught, but may include Bosnia-Herzegovina, The Sudan, Rwanda and Cambodia with attention given to new and emerging global resources.

 



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