ENGL748G - Seminar in American Literature: The Graphic Novel

This course will introduce you to the critical study of comics and the graphic novel. We will discuss the history, formal characteristics, formats, and social worlds of comics. Though we will read texts from around the world, we will focus mostly on American cartoonists who have been prominent from the 1960s to the present. We may read work by Rodolphe Töpffer, George Herriman, Lynd Ward, Will Eisner, R. Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Trina Robbins, Harvey Pekar, Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, Alison Bechdel, Lynda Barry, Phoebe Gloeckner, Kyle Baker, Marjane Satrapi, David B., GB Tran, and Chris Ware.