Examines genre of narrative from a comparative and global standpoint, reviewing the impact of comics and other visual media on questions of national, regional, and ethnic identity. Offered alternate years.
Graded for Majors;
Optional for all other students
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Expanded Course Description
COLT 370 will build on our pre-existing survey courses in visual culture by focusing attention on a
specific genre (e.g. graphic narrative or "comics") and developing critical awareness of national, regional
and ethnic differences in the way this genre is expressed. In this course, students will examine the genre
comparatively: on the one hand, they will compare graphic narratives from around the world; on the
other hand, they will also compare the genre of graphic narrative to other, related genres in visual
culture (like film, photography, political cartoon). The "comparative" aspect of COLT 370 is thus both
international and generic.
Given its broad scope and introductory nature, COLT 370 satisfies the Arts & Letters requirement. Like
our other Group Satisfying courses at the 300-level, COLT 370 introduces students to some of the
theoretical paradigms that define the discipline of comparative literature. Because it helps students
develop a critical awareness of the socio-political uses and artistic/formal emergence of culture in a
global context, the course promotes cultural pluralism, instilling an appreciation of the heterogeneity of
worldviews in our global community. For this reason, COLT 370 also satisfies the Identity, Pluralism, and
Tolerance (IP) multicultural requirement.