The goal of this course is to examine the ways in which comic books and graphic novels portray gender and sexuality in contemporary and complex ways, with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ history in the United States. We will begin by examining and understanding comics as a medium. Then we turn our attention to academic history texts, and how these historical and social contexts are reflected in the narratives and stories of comics and graphic novels. intersect with race, ethnicity, and other social categories. We will be reading a range of comic books, graphic novels, and academic books and articles. The course takes an intersectional approach in which we will consider the ways that gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, and other social categories. We will be reading a range of comic books, graphic novels, and academic books and articles. Comics have a notorious reputation of being seen as “kids’ stuff” or “low art.” In this seminar we will take a serious, analytical look at comics, examining them as social, historical, literary, and artistic texts that portray and critique real and serious themes like death by suicide, disclosing or “coming out” as LGBTQ+, and institutionalized discrimination.
Hall, Kelley, "ANTH 197SA FYS Gender, Sexuality, and LGBTQ in Comics Hall Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 158, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.