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Comparative Literature 3524 - Spring 2020

Given the graphic novel's historical relationship to American nationhood, masculinity, and cultural belonging in the twentieth-century, this course centers graphic novels by Asian American, Latinx American, African American, and Native American authors. We will see how American ideologies became codified through the graphic medium and, especially, how minoritized authors have used this medium to pressure, challenge, and revise popular perceptions of national and cultural belonging. By bringing visibility to underrepresented graphic narratives (especially those underrepresented within the comics community itself), we will not only understand the role that the graphic novel played in shaping narratives about race, gender, and sexuality in the American imaginary, but we will also see how writers and illustrators use the graphic medium to contest and revise codified understandings of belonging. The course covers works by authors like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Octavia Butler, Arigon Starr, Malaka Gharib, Gene Yang, Miné Okubo, Adrian Tomine, and Jaime Hernandez, among others. Satisfies the Twentieth Century and later requirement.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUMEL TC

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TOPICS IN LITERATURE
INSTRUCTOR: Tabares
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