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Ethnic Studies
Course Description

Ethnic Studies 113
Comics and Politics: Visual Culture, Power, and Ideology

Graphic narratives and the interactions of text and image in sequential art are the focus of this course. We will investigate the role of signification and language as well as the choices made in framing and panels to better understand the production of meaning in this genre. In addition, we will pursue questions regarding power and ideology in the construction of race, gender, and sexuality as produced in visual texts. With particular attention to work created by artists of color, we will gain insight concerning the fundamentals of visual narratives and storytelling.

Reading List
Toufic El Rassi, Arab in America
Los Bros Hernandez, Love and Rockets: New Stories (vol. 4)
Gord Hill, 500 Years of Resisitance
Scott McCloud, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis
Art Spiegelman, MetaMaus
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamiki, Skim
Shaun Tan, The Arrival
Adrian Tomine, Shortcomings
GB Tran, Vietnameria
Lance Tooks, Narcissa
and more TBA, ereserves readings

Course Requirements
Two 8-10 page essays, 50%
Presentations, participation, 15%
Assignments, 15%
Final examination (20%) 

Grading Policies

The Department of Ethnic Studies takes plagiarism very seriously. Any work that includes plagiarized material will receive an F grade. Additional consequences include receiving a failing grade for the entire course and being reported to college authorities. If you have any questions about how to cite secondary material, including internet resources, please ask your professor. If you think you may have a disability or health issue that affects your learning abilities, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 430-2264. Please make sure to contact SSD as soon as possible in order to arrange for any necessary accommodations.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17