After decades on the fringes of American popular culture, graphic novels (novela gráfica) have now definitively entered the U.S. mainstream, expanding beyond their fan cults to become bestsellers and inspiration for blockbuster Hollywood films. This course will focus on the contemporary American graphic novel, both as artistic practice and cultural product. Through close visual and textual analysis of several influential U.S. graphic novels, we will consider how image and words work together to create meaning and (re)imagine American identity in the 21st century.
This course is designed for learners with an upper-intermediate level of English.
Language skills developed include:
Instructor: Karen Secrist, PhD