Can we take a moment to just look at Batman’s face? No, really. Look at that smirk.
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This course will examine the increasing importance of comics and graphic novels in contemporary literary culture. Tracing the rise of the comics form from the era of the printed broadsheet, this course will address the important turn towards visuality in twentieth-century mass publishing from the daily newspaper and weekly magazines to the rise of the illustrated children’s book. The importance of the American comic book format of the 1930s will be introduced, and the history of this form will be examined with an eye towards the development of new serial story-telling styles, the development of new reading strategies within organized fandom, and the role of corporate editorial oversight on the creative process. The rise of the graphic novel tradition in comics, particularly since the publication of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, will be examined in detail.