C LIT 396
Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
HISTORY OF COMICS: ‗THE GOLDEN AGE‘
This course surveys graphic novels, newspaper strips, alternative publications, comic books and other media from the 19th century to 1960, the period when comic art entered its modern incarnation or ―Golden Age.‖ Among other topics, we will discuss the origins, aesthetics and definitional debates of the comics medium; comics‘ impact on American and world popular culture; the politics of categorizing art into ―ages‖; and attempts at comics censorship culminating in the 1954 US congressional subcommittee hearings on juvenile delinquency. Authors covered include George Herriman, Milton Caniff, Hergé, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Bernard Krigstein, Winsor McCay, Richard F. Outcault, Charles Schultz, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Fletcher Hanks and Rodolphe Töpffer.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
One mid-term paper, one final paper, weekly half-page reading response.