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C LIT 371 A: Literature And The Visual Arts

Comics Theory

Course Flyer: 
Summer Term: 
B-term
Meeting Time: 
TT
Location: 
SAV
SLN: 
10610
Instructor:
José Alaniz

Syllabus Description:

C LIT 371: Comics Theory

How do comics communicate? What does their unique language – “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence,” according to Scott McCloud – tells us about the intersection/overlap of words and pictures? What “magic” takes place in the space between comics panels, i.e. the gutter? This introductory course examines these and other fundamental questions regarding how comics – a unique art form – function to produce effects, create associations and tell stories in ways no other medium can. We will read important theorists and scholars as well as the works of cartoonists and poets to help us answer the primary question, “What is comics?” from several different angles. Authors include Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Jason Shiga, Thierry Groensteen and Nick Sousanis.

Additional Details:

How do comics communicate? What does their unique language – “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence,”
according to Scott McCloud – tells us about the intersection/overlap of words and pictures? What “magic” takes place in the space between
comics panels, i.e. the gutter? This introductory course examines these and other fundamental questions regarding how comics – a unique
art form – function to produce effects, create associations and tell stories in ways no other medium can. We will read important theorists
and scholars as well as the works of cartoonists and poets to help us\ answer the primary question, “What is comics?” from several different
angles. Authors include Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Jason Shiga, Thierry Groensteen and Nick Sousanis.

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on specific theoretical problems. Examines the relationship between text and image in a variety of art forms including poetry, novels, paintings, photography, essays, comic strips, film, and advertisement. Readings, in English, from a wide variety of national literatures.
Department Requirements Met: 
Elective for both Literature and Cinema
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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