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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill English 124 – Contemporary Literature Fall 2011 Dr. Elyse Crystall 438 Greenlaw 962-3484 [email protected] Office hours: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 AM and by appointment Reading Graphic Novels: Visual Literacy and the Art of Remembering We inhabit a culture that privileges our ability to see in order to make sense of the world. We do this in spite of evidence that what we see is not only (almost always) not accurate but that it is almost always partial. This class takes as its object of analysis several visual texts, focusing on graphic novels, in order to question how meaning is made through images, specifically through the juxtaposition and framing of images. In this way we explore the ways in which graphic novels teach us both how to read graphic
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Unformatted text preview: novels and how to read other social texts – including ourselves and each other. Among the questions we will consider are: what happens when what stands before us does not fit into our schema of the world? Do we fail to understand it? Do we even fail to see it? Are we trained by our society not only to see some things and not others but also to attach certain meanings to that which we see? Reading List: Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Art Spiegelman: Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History Keiji Nakazawa: Barefoot Gen Vol. 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Joe Sacco: Palestine P Ryan Inzana: Johnny Jihad Peter Kuper: The System...
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2011 for the course ENGL 124 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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