INTLSTD 308 - Conflict and Comics: Reframing the Middle East
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In recent decades, comics has evolved into a powerful medium for telling stories about conflicts in the Middle East, whether through autobiographical narratives or journalistic reports. The accessibility of comics as a kind of global language enables artists to convey the heavy toll that political strife, revolution, and war takes on soldiers and civilians. Integrating words and images within framed panels, comics constructs the passage of time through spatial means, subtly expressing historical ruptures and personal traumas. This course first considers the development of comics reportage and memoir through the famous examples of Joe Sacco’s Palestine (1993-1995) and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (2000-2001). We then explore comics concerning civil and interstate wars in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and Iraq. We compare works illustrated from the perspective of Western travelers with those written by natives to the Middle East, asking how distance and proximity shape these comics. We also contrast printed formats with online comics, such as the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Welcome to the New World,” in order to better understand the current circulation and impact of comics about the Middle East and its refugee crises.

Course Requirements:

Weekly discussion questions, group presentation, two argumentative papers, group comics assignment, and a final project

Intended Audience:

Open to all students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings per week; small lecture course

INTLSTD 308 - Conflict and Comics: Reframing the Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for INTLSTD 308.001

View/Buy Textbooks
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

No Syllabi are on file for INTLSTD 308. Click the button below to search for a different syllabus (UM login required)

Search for Syllabus
The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)