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
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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
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9781560974321
Palestine, Author: Sacco, Joe, 1960-
ISBN: 9781770462557
Rolling blackouts : dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, Author: Glidden, Sarah,
ISBN: 0987580299
Baddawi, Author: Abdelrazaq, Leila,
ISBN: 006097625X
Understanding comics : writing and art, Author: McCloud, Scott, 1960-, Publisher: Harper Perennial 1994
ISBN: 1596436425
Zahra's paradise, Author: Amir., Publisher: First Second 2011
ISBN: 9780375714573
Persepolis 1 : the story of a childhood, Author: Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-, Publisher: Pantheon 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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