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English Literature (ENG)
118 Prince Lucien Campbell, 541-346-3911
English
College of Arts & Sciences
M - Major, minor, pre-major, or concentration restrictions. If restricted by date, click on CRN to see effective dates; courses with no date are restricted through the registration deadline. Contact the academic department for additional information.
Course Data
  ENG 607   Sem: Nonfiction Comics 5.00 cr.
Selected seminars offered each year. Repeatable up to seven times.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: Kelp-Stebbins KE-mail Office:   333 PLC
Phone:   (541) 346-3988
Office Hours: 1030 - 1330 M  
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  16909 0 15 1700-1830 m 201 CON Kelp-Stebbins K M
1900-2030 m 201 CON
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October 25:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
October 25:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 15:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
December 2:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
In a letter demanding that his Holocaust account Maus II be moved from the New York Times “fiction” list, Art Spiegelman allowed that the book created a “problem of taxonomy” through its visuals of animal-headed characters in a historical narrative. In the spirit of comics’ “problem of taxonomy,” this course will explore a number of primary texts including graphic memoirs, comics journalism, and other genres to consider how graphic narratives intervene in the dialectical structures of art and representation--e.g. subject and object, true and false, analog and digital--delimiting “nonfiction.” How do comics, with their material correlation to the eye and hand of the artist(s), challenge conventions of “objective truth” as well as the ethics of witnessing and what Hillary Chute terms “the risk of representation”? As we will theorize through secondary texts ranging from Judith Butler on “grievability” to Elisabeth El Refaie on “the referential pact” and “embodied selves,” the conventions of truth are themselves fundamentally contingent, categorized by genre, aesthetics, and differential negotiations of the real. By considering how graphic narratives render history, memoir, journalism, and autobiography otherwise, we will develop a theoretical framework for negotiating the limits of nonfiction in image/texts.
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