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

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AREL 853 - Not Simply ‘Betty’ or ‘Veronica’: Women and the Graphic Novels They Write: Alternative Narratives

3 credits
Although this seminar will consider the role of Betty and Veronica in “Archie Comics,” “Tessie the Typist,” and a parade of vixens, perky teens, and romance-stricken damsels in the historical compendium of comics as well as in the comics evolution into graphic novels, it will begin with elemental theory of visual and material culture.  Despite the fact that the graphic novel has been formalized into scholarly discourse, university libraries, and other educational settings, the study of women writers and artists and the graphic novels they create still lags behind.  In this course, we will engage a distinctive collection of memoirs, ‘self’-conscious representations, the confessional and the fanciful.  We will begin with the work of Nell Brinkley [1907-1930’s] and the depiction of challenges for ‘the new woman of the 20th century’, then move to Jackie Ormes, the first African American woman comics artist [1930’s-1950’s], whose satirical critiques were aimed at the supreme court, environmental issues and racial and gender equality.  From there, we’ll direct our focus to a selection of modern American and international texts.  Additional contextual material will accompany the assigned graphic novels.  In conjunction with the readings and discussions, students will engage in imaginative exercises meant to move them toward creating their own representative storytelling in word and image.



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