Summer 2020 - ENGL 360 D100
Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)
Class Number: 3868
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1425, Vancouver
1 778 782-4866
Prerequisites:Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.
Examines works of popular fiction by Indigenous authors, and their use of specific genres (e.g. the mystery novel, vampire thriller, sci fi, comic book). Students who have taken FNST 322 under this topic, or FNST 360 may not take this course for further credit.
This course will examine the relationship between word and image in Indigenous graphic novels and comic books. In recent years, graphic novels have enjoyed renewed attention in popular and academic discussions. An especially fascinating and fast-growing manifestation of the genre is the Indigenous comic book/graphic novel. These works raise questions such as: what are the dominant representations of Indigenous people in popular culture and how have artists challenged these representations? To what extent are these texts drawing upon Indigenous traditions of oral storytelling and of material sign-making? How have Indigenous writers used the accessibility of comic book forms to reach wider or more specific audiences? Along with the graphic novels listed below, we will also watch films and read selections of secondary readings that discuss graphic novels, adaptations, Indigenous storytelling traditions and material culture, literacy and audience, and popular cultural representations. Graphic novels and comic books bring to the fore debates about literary value, literacy, and the question of audience; the book market and visual culture; and the relationship between graphic novels and film. Please note: There are four (4) required texts. The other graphic novels that we are reading are available at the SFU library online. In addition, a limited number are available for purchase listed as "recommended readings."
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
-to read, interpret, and creatively engage with Indigenous texts that work at the interface of the visual and the textual
-to understand significant developments and movements in contemporary Indigenous graphic novels in English
-to analyze texts and films across a range of genres and media
-to explore alternate modes of critical thinking through image and text
-to synthesize and evaluate a range of critical approaches to literature, particularly Indigenous literary nationalism, decolonization, and resurgence.
-to recognize complex relationships between texts and contexts (historical, social, cultural, literary)
-to identify challenges posed to literary study by new media and technologies
- to acknowledge the diversity and complexity of Indigenous stories in many forms and formats.
- Participation and attendance 10%
- Short paper (750 words) 15%
- Group Presentation (15 minutes) 20%
- Reading journal and scrapbook (10 entries with words and images) 15%
- Final Paper or Project (1500 words) 20%
- Take Home Exam 20%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
UNDERSTANDING COMICS : THE INVISIBLE ART by Scott McCloud
THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE BY PATTI LABOUCANE-BENSON
MOONSHOT : THE INDIGENOUS COMICS COLLECTION by Hope Nicholson (ed)
Dakwakada Warriors by Cole Pauls
RED by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
THE LIFE OF HELEN BETTY OSBORNE by David Alexander Robertson
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson
7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by David Alexander Robertson
The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, by Gord Hill
The Place of Scraps, by Jordan Abel
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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