The Narrative Art of Comics: Comics as Culture and Commentary

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The Narrative Art of Comics
Don Presnell
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TR 5:00-6:15 pm
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Only recently have comics begun to be considered as a valid narrative and artistically significant medium, with books and film receiving the most consideration. However, for the past century, comics (including political cartoons and comic strips, as well as graphic novels) have continually critiqued and shaped all aspects of society: art, history, literature, social problems, and politics. Addressing all of these, we will also examine and discuss how comics function as a narrative art form. Among other works, we will study Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, whose subject matter is the Holocaust. We will also discuss political cartoons throughout history, especially current ones. Guiding our investigation and study will be Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean.

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