- De Witt Douglas Kilgore
- Days and Times
- 5:45p - 8:45p W (4 CR)
- Course Description
AUTHORIZIATION REQUIRED. English department graduate students and outside minors please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All other students please contact the instructor first for permission.
Topic: Race and Ethnicity in American Sequential Art
This class meets with CULS-C701
In this seminar we will explore race and ethnicity in American comic strips, comic books and graphic novels. After laying the historical foundation of American comics in the early twentieth century we will situate the bulk of our inquiry in the decades following the Second World War. In this period American comics are marked by and struggle with the image bank of racial and ethnic caricature that has played a vital role in the nation’s visual culture. We approach this contested terrain through the work of Jewish, African, Latino and Asian American creators as they intervene in, modify and transform the graphic imaginary of American comics. The seminar will cover a range of genres such as the gag strip, cartoons, romance, adventure, superhero comics and graphic novels. This course also constitutes an introduction into the scholarly fields of popular culture and comics studies.
Creators will likely include George Herriman, Aaron McGruder, Harvey Pekar, Jackie Ormes, Stan Lee, Jaime Hernandez, Will Eisner, Gene Luen Yang, G. Willow Wilson, and Barbara Brandon-Croft. The scholarship of Scott McCloud, Hilary Chute, Bradford W. Wright, and Trina Robbins, among other, will help provide historical and theoretical perspective.