Course Assignments

EngLt 308
Spring 2018

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Within this grid for the monthly schedule, you will find links to other pages with specific dates for individual assignments. If you have questions about ANY assignment, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or ask for clarification in class.

Generally, assignments—reading assignments, postings and essays—are due on the class date for which they are scheduled. But because ours is a web-assisted class, some assignment due dates do not correspond with class schedules. Read carefully and ask questions ahead of time

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April
May

Course
Texts

There are seven required texts for this course that you must purchase:

  • Bechdel, A. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner, 2006.
  • McCloud, S. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Harper, 1993.
  • Miller, F. The Dark Knight Returns. DC Comics, 1997.
  • Mizuki, Shigeru. Onward Towards Our Nobel Deaths. Trans. Jocelyne Allen. Drawn & Quarterly, 2011.
  • Sacco, J. Palestine. Fantagraphics, 1993.
  • Venditti, Robert, and Brett Weldele. The Surrogates. Top Shelf, 2006.

For the final paper, you will choose ONE of the following texts to read independently and then analyze.

  • Alarcón, Daniel, and Sheila Alvarado. City of Clowns. Riverhead, 2015.
  • Auster, Paul, Paul Karasik, and David Mazzucchelli. City of Glass. Picador, 2004.
  • Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do. Abrams Comicarts, 2017.
  • Ito, Junji. Uzumaki. Viz Media, 2013.
  • Jepson, Duncan, and Xie Peng. Darkness Outside the Night. Tabella, 2012.
  • Kabi, Nagata. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. East P., 2016.
  • Lemire, Jeff. The Underwater Welder. Top Shelf, 2012.
  • MacLean, Andrew. ApocalyuptiGirl: An Aria for the End of Times. Dark Horse, 2015.
  • Mizuki, Shigeru. NonNonBa. Drawn & Quarterly, 2012.
  • Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Levine, 2006.
  • Tamaki, Mariko, and Jillian Tamaki. Skim. Goundwood Book, 2008.
  • Tezuka, Osamu. Ayaka. Vertical, 2010.

 

You can find a list of graphic novels found in the ARC Library here.

 Writing
Assignments

 


The midterm essay assignment and the final essay assignment are both included in the syllabus.  Both will be graded using the criteria in the rubric below:

Department Rubric
  Grading Rubric (54 KB)

 

 

January

Monday

Wednesday

15—

  • Holiday—No Class

17—

22—

  • McCloud, chpt 1 (1-23)
  • Will Eisner—Graphic Storytelling

24—

  • Short Stories—"The Wood"—"The Great Selchie"—"Rash"—chpt. from 2001 Nights

29—

  • McCloud, chpt 2 (24-59)

31—

  • Reading response 1 due by 2/3

 

February

Monday

Wednesday

5—

  • Miller, Dark Knight Returns—Complex Narrative

7—

  • Miller, Dark Knight Returns

12—

  • Braid, "Personal Narrative & Experiential Meaning"

14—

  • McCloud, chpt 3 (60-93)

19—

  • Holiday—No Class

21—

  • McCloud, chpt 4
  • Reading response 2 due by 2/24

26—

  • Bechdel, Fun House—Personal Narrative

28—

  • Reading response 3 due by 3/3

 

March

 

 

Monday

Wednesday

5—

  • McCloud, chpt 5 (118-137)
  • Sacco, Palestine—Documentary & History

7—

  • Duncan & Smith, "Experiencing the Story"

12—

  • Discuss Midterm papers

14—

  • Reading response 4 due by 3/17
 

19—

  • McCloud, chpt 6 (138-161)

21—

  • Review of McCloud's first six chapters
  • Reading response 5 due by 3/24

26—

  • Spring Break—No Classes

28—

  • Spring Break—No Classes

 

April

 

Monday

Wednesday

2—

  • Draft workshop for midterm paper (bring two copies of draft to class)

4—

  • Midterm papers due today
  • Manga introduction

9—

  • Manga, kami, and yokai

11—

16—

  • Mizuki, Onward Towards Our Nobel Deaths—Manga

18—

  • Mizuki, cont.
  • Reading response 6 due by 4/21

23—

  • Kouno, Town of Evening Calm—Manga

 

25—

  • Kouno, cont.

30—

  • McCloud, chpt 8 (185-192)
  • Discuss final paper
 

 

May

 

Monday

Wednesday

 

 

2—

  • Venditti & Weldele, The Surrogates—Mixed Media

7—

  • Venditti & Weldele, cont.

9—

  • Draft workshop for final paper (bring two copies of draft to class)

14—

  • Finals—No Classes

16—

  • Course Final—10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 
   
 

 

 

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