Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6281
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 月3/Mon.3
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市外濠‐S301
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
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Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 200-level Intermediate Courses(中級)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 200-level Intermediate Courses
Arts and Literature

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This class will introduce students to American comics and graphic novels, from their emergence in the Sunday newspapers of the 1890s to their current flourishing. Though often associated with superheroes, American comics are aesthetically diverse and thematically wide-ranging, engaging issues as disparate as familial relationships, immigration, illness and disability, gender and sexuality, race, and suburban loneliness. In the initial weeks, we will survey the history of American comics from their first appearance to the mid-century comics code and to the countercultural response of cartoonists of the 1970s. During these weeks, we will also develop a critical framework that will enable students to analyze the formal features of comics and to place those comics in their historical context. We will then turn to recent graphic novels that have appeared in the wake of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking Maus and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, including works by Alison Bechdel, John Lewis, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, Peter Dunlap-Shohl, Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, and Allie Brosh.

【到達目標 / Goal】
In addition to learning about the history of American comics and about the current landscape of graphic novels, students will strengthen their abilities to think critically and to analyze the interplay between text and image. Throughout the semester students will: 1) learn about the historical evolution of American comics from their origins in the 1890s to the emergence of contemporary graphic novels; 2) improve their ability to analyze graphic works written in English; 3) explain how key social and cultural factors have shaped the development of comics and graphic novels.

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
Classes will emphasize discussion and group work, with lectures interspersed to provide historical and analytical context about the assigned readings. Each week students will be provided with 1) comics or excerpts from graphic novels and 2) a prompt to consider before class. Discussions will draw upon these prompts to help the students develop their critical and analytical skills. From time to time, students will also try their own hand at drawing comics. (Because the purpose of these exercises is to develop analytical skills, not to demonstrate artistic ability, your drawing skills will not be assessed.) Students will be assessed on their understanding of the class material through their presentation and a final paper. Students will receive feedback in class and in written form, based on a grading rubric.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 対面/face to faceIntroduction Strategies of Reading American Comics and Graphic Novels
2 対面/face to faceEarly American Comics Winsor McCay, George Herriman, Frank King
3 対面/face to faceMoral Panic Horror, Crime, and the Creation of the Comics Code Authority
4 対面/face to faceSuperheroes From Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel to Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee
5 対面/face to faceAlternative Comics The Underground Comix of 1970s
6 対面/face to faceBreakthrough Graphic Novels I Art Spiegelman’s Maus
7 対面/face to faceBreakthrough Graphic Novels II Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen
8 対面/face to faceComic Masculinities Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan; Daniel Clowes’ The Death Ray
9 対面/face to faceGenre I Fictional World Building in Chris Ware’s Building Stories
10 対面/face to faceGenre II Autography in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, John Lewis’s March
11 対面/face to faceGenre III Comics Journalism in Joe Sacco’s Paying the Land, Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan’s Welcome to the New World
12 対面/face to faceGenre IV Comics Medicine in Peter Dunlap-Shohl’s My Degeneration, Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner’s Our Cancer Year
13 対面/face to faceClass Presentations Presentations
14 対面/face to faceClass Presentations Presentations and Review for Final Paper

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are expected to perform close readings of assigned texts and should be ready to engage in discussion each week. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each. More details will be provided in class.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbook will be used. Handouts and reading materials will be provided by the lecturer, but students will need to purchase a graphic novel for their presentation and final paper. (Details about this final graphic novel will be provided in class, so students should not purchase any books before the course begins.)

【参考書 / References】
Carlin, John, et al. Masters of American Comics. Yale, 2005.
Chute, Hillary. Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere. Harper Collins, 2017.
Hatfield, Charles, and Bart Beaty. Comics Studies: A Guidebook. Rutgers, 2020.
McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. HarperCollins, 1994.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Participation 20%
Presentation 40%
Final paper 40%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】