ARTH 373: Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States

ARTH 373-001: Art, Comics and American Culture
(Spring 2018)

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.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Developments in 20th-century American visual culture across all media. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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