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English Literature (ENG)
118 Prince Lucien Campbell, 541-346-3911
English
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  ENG 386   Bodies in Comics >1 >IP >US 4.00 cr.
Examines questions and representations of bodily identity in comics through the lenses of disability studies and gender theory.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: Wheeler EE-mailHomepage Office:   238 PLC
Phone:   (541) 346-3929
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  16439 0 40 1000-1120 mw 248 GER Wheeler E  

Final Exam:

1015-1215 m 12/09 248 GER
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
September 29:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
October 5:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 5:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 6:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
October 6:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
October 7:   Add this course
October 9:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 13:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
October 13:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 20:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
October 20:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 27:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
October 27:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 17:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 17:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This course satisfies the Arts and Letters Group Requirement and the Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP) category of the Multicultural Requirement. It also serves as a Social Models option for the Disability Studies Minor. One could say that most comics are about the human body, in all its variations, exaggerations, erotics, poses, powers, and vulnerabilities. This course examines the human body in contemporary comics with particular attention to disability and gender. We’ll look at three important comics genres: memoir, fantasy, and superheroes. With each text we’ll also read about bodymind matters like body image, violence, trauma, depression, Deaf culture, ADHD, and spinal cord injury—and we’ll see how comics renders such profound matters through fantasy, visual metaphors, and good storytelling. Popular texts like Hyperbole and a Half, Axe Cop, and Marvel superhero comics offer a portal into the deepest questions of self and diversity. How can anyone communicate the experience of isolation or despair to other people? How does the multigenerational trauma of racism alter our definitions of disability? Is it possible to make disability cool without falling back into gender stereotypes? Do visual representations of men and women open up or hinder readers’ self-images?
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