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FR310 – Comic Books and Graphic Novels: From Tin Tin to Maus and Beyond

In Comic Books and Graphic Novels: From Tin Tin to Maus and Beyond, students compare how representations of national traits, jokes, and caricature have come to structure French comics.

Instructor(s)

Associate Professor, Chair Michael O'Riley email

What do Tin Tin, Milou, and characters from Maus have in common? This new course examines the nature of the comic book and graphic novel from a comparative perspective. Drawing on French, American, Belgian, and English sources, students study topics such as humor, iconography, nationalism and semiotic systems, as well as examine the nature of tragedy in the comic book by using this medium to look at representations of the Holocaust and September 11th.

Also listed as: CO200