Course Descriptions


ENGL 121 Composition and Literature (3)

Vivienne MacAdam  

CRN 24 Limit 23
6-week Mid Session (6/26 – 8/4)
M - Th
1 – 2:40 p.m.

Fulfills the core curriculum requirement in lower division written literacy, and should be taken within the first four semesters. Practice in developing skills of close observation, investigation, critical analysis, and informed judgment in response to literary texts. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Tuesday, June 12.

ENGL 224 Contemporary Graphic Novels (3)

Jason Crum

CRN 26 Limit 32
6-week Mid Session (6/26 – 8/4)
TTh (& Fri 6/30)      
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    

The course is a survey of the emerging genre of graphic novels. We will analyze the ways in which graphic novelists use and manipulate historical and contemporary social issues in their literature, and we will trace the rise of the graphic novel from its early use to its current manifestations. Our readings will be grounded in such theoretical perspectives as cultural studies, visual culture theory, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. Students will work critically and creatively with the material to consider the oftentimes contradictory ways in which popular culture struggles with difference, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, & sexuality. We will read such works as Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum, Marjane Satrapi’s Perespolis, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorazde, Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds, Tsugumi Ohba’s Death Note (manga & anime), and Charles Burns’ Black Hole. Additionally, we will read substantial critical and theoretical material, including works from Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault, Scott McCloud, Fredric Jameson, Adrienne Rich, Judith Jack Halberstam, and Raymond Williams. Assignments will include both critical essays and creative collaborations.  Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, June 12.