04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M
Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1007
Section Information for Spring 2018
This course will track the aesthetic development of cartoons, caricatures, and comics, from the eighteenth century until the present. Comics have long been derided as an art form by the Academy; this course will interrogate the institutional and cultural reasons for this exclusion while highlighting the unique properties that distinguish comics from other forms of popular art. From the satirical prints and broadsheets to superhero comic books and the graphic novels, we will examine the formal development of the medium and its complex relationship to the culture at large. Students will read critical essays, historical overviews, and comics themselves, as they investigate the intersection of text and image in sequential narratives.
Satisfies General Education requirement for Arts.