Winter 2014

CRN SUBJECT NUMBER TITLE INSTRUCTOR
27159 AAD 252 Art & Gender – WEB VoelkerMorris, Julie
Cultures normalize and legitimize, challenge and resist, understandings of gender through the arts. AAD 252 introduces socio-cultural factors influencing gender in the arts. The course will consider approaches to gender in art through select historical and contemporary analyses of education, social status, subject matter, criticism, and public perceptions. Additionally, students will explore select social, political, aesthetic, and economic factors that influence ways cultures define art and artists in gendered terms. Specific artists and their works will be explored in a context of gender. Students will be encouraged to adopt a critical perspective regarding the arts, gender, and culture.
AAD 252 has no prerequisites. The class explores a variety of perspectives on the question of “art” and the roles it may play in our lives.
28465 ARTF 410 Comics & Narrative Ghosh, Surabhi
This experimental course explores a rich area of overlap between Fibers and Printmaking: comics and narrative art. Course content includes the concepts, history, and techniques of visual storytelling in relation to fibers, printmaking, and contemporary art. Ideas of abstraction, simplification, The icon, universality, the relationship of image and text, and sequential imagery are addressed through readings, lectures, and assignments. Studio instruction includes drawing, screen-printing, stitchwork,’zines, and self-publishing, as students create their own mixed-media narrative art.
Prerequisite: any of the following – ARTC 255, ARTF 270, ARTM 257, ARTO 251, ARTP 281, ARTR 245, ARTS 288
27253 JPN 250 Manga Millennium  Walley, Glynne
This course looks at the thousand-year history of visual-verbal narratives – comics – in Japan. In particular we will concentrate on three forms of visual-verbal literature: the narrative picture scrolls of the classical and medieval period (ca. 11th-16th centuries), the “yellowback” comic books of the early modern period (18th-19th centuries), and the manga of the 20th-21st centuries.
The course is organized around three major objectives. The first is to trace the development of visual-verbal literature from the earliest narrative picture scrolls to the most contemporary manga. Although we will be exploring the origins of manga (i.e., modern Japanese comics), equal weight will be given to premodern texts in order to illuminate the rich tradition of comics and comics-like narratives in Japan.
The second objective is to give students a one-term introduction to Japanese cultural history from the classical period to the present, with comics as the unifying thread. In the process this course will take in the popular culture elements that students may expect from a comics course. In addition, however, the history of visual-verbal narratives will lead students to encounters with some of the most important examples of high culture in Japan’s history. We will consider the relationship of comics to Japanese fiction, poetry, painting, printing, theater, and film.
The third objective is to locate a discussion of comics within larger discourses on humanities. Is comics studies closer to literary history or art history? How does it relate to theater and cinema? Are comics necessarily a form of popular culture, or can they be the products of an elite for an elite? What kinds of relationships can exist between text and image? Students will be asked to consider these and other disciplinary questions surrounding literary and comics studies.
All readings, lectures, and discussions will be conducted in English. No prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese is required. The course’s focus on defining comics as a medium, and relating it to other forms of cultural production, allow it to satisfy Group I – Arts and Letters – requirements. The course’s focus on visual-verbal narratives of Japan, a country whose cultural history is both widely divergent from and highly relevant to the experience of the modern West, allows it to satisfy the requirements for the International Cultures category of the multicultural category.
23386 ENG 313 Teen/Child Literature -coreq: ENG 404 Wheeler, Elizabeth
Exploring contemporary teen and children’s literature from picture books to comics and young adult novels, this class focuses on fantasy, visual arts, and the real lives of boys. We’ll study classics like Where the Wild Things Are and recent bestselling novels and graphic novels like Fist Stick Knife Gun, Wonder, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and American Born Chinese. e’ll compare survival stories to fairy tales and folklore. We’ll also go out in the community and do volunteer work with actual kids. Dig in a school garden, mentor a teen in jail, babysit for a parents’ education group, read picture books to homeless kids–the choice is up to you. Join us! The required internship is 3-12 hours per week (1-4 credits), teaching and mentoring kids from babies to age 18 (your choice of site and age group).
Sign up for the internship under ENG 404. This course is brought to you by the UO Literacy Initiative, a service learning program of the UO English Department.
23405 ENG 404 Intern Comm Literacy – coreq: ENG 313 Wheeler, Elizabeth
On- or off-campus internship in a variety of writing or literacy-related settings in connection with designated courses.