2019-2020 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 06, 2021  
2019-2020 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HUM 354 - Comics and the Global Media


The course examines how nation states have used comics and related graphic forms for the promulgation of political ideology. We will concentrate on several case studies in the production of the comics and their relationships with other forms of mainstream media in order to concrete and strengthen the connections between theoretical accounts of globalization and the circulation of this text/image genre. We conclude the course by looking at how comics have also participated actively in underground and resistant social movements. The course is divided into four parts, each addressing an important aspect of globalized and international comics industries, and illustrating the ways in which the funnies are an increasingly important genre in the global distribution of convergent media products as well as for (inter)national political ideologies. By illuminating the linkages between this booming assemblage of graphic genres, their places in global cultural-industrial flows and global divisions of labor, and the persisting possibilities of their critical as well as their commercial social symbolic roles, this class will enable students to comprehend globalization and the media in ways that connect intimately to their own cultural practices. (3 Credits)



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