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In the images above, Brazilian artist Hugo Canuto brings Yoruba mythology to superhero comics. For Monday's research assignment, we are going to use our own imaginations to bring these characters to life. Using the orixás you selected in class, please respond to the questions below:
You may also find this article to be useful in thinking about how the Yoruba deities have been adapted in Brazil: "Everyday and Esoteric Reality in the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé" by Sheila S. Walker. We will be referring to this article in our discussion of Daytripper also.
Here is Hugo Canuto's website and articles about Contos dos Orixás and the influence of Marvel's Avengers.
We had a terrific week studying Marcelo d'Salete's CUMBE. Our discussion focused on two stories from the collection: "Calunga" and "Cumbe." Because these are comics, we spent a great deal of time on the visual narrative's design and pacing. We particularly appreciated the expert use of silent panels and flashbacks. Scenes such as Valu and Nana's reunion in the calunga (p. 44) or the mother working alongside her son on the engenho (p. 109-110) were especially powerful.
Here are a few additional observations and questions:
Tivemos uma ótima semana estudando o CUMBE de Marcelo d'Salete. Nossa discussão centrou-se em duas histórias da coleção: "Calunga" e "Cumbe". Como esses são quadrinhos, passamos muito tempo no design e no ritmo da narrativa visual. Especialmente apreciamos o uso especializado de painéis silenciosos e flashbacks. Cenas como a reunião de Valu e Nana na calunga (p. 44) ou a mãe trabalhando ao lado de seu filho no engenho (p 109-110) foram especialmente poderosas.
Aqui estão algumas observações e perguntas adicionais:
Greetings! In order to prepare for next week's readings on Marcelo d'Salete's CUMBE, we will spend Monday discussing a short chapter from Teresa Meade's history of Brazil, "Slavery, Patriarchy, and the Church." (Follow this link to view and download the document via Google Drive.) As you read:
ONE MORE THING: Although we have no comics assigned for Monday, you might appreciate this webcomic from American cartoonist Whit Taylor: What is Race?
Thanks for a terrific first day of class! I'm eager to meet those who weren't able to join us today. For Monday, July 3, we will continue our discussion of comics form and aesthetics. We will also begin exploring how the form can be used to address difficult subjects such as cartoonist's Bianca Xunise's first childhood experience with an black American racial slur. Please read the following texts to prepare for our conversation. I've included links to download the documents.
Welcome to the blog for our course on "Race, Gender, and Graphic Novels in Brazil." This is a variation of a course that I developed at the University of South Carolina, USA. I've adjusted the readings at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina to incorporate two major graphic novels from Brazilian writers and artists. Our goal is not only to learn about the study of comics as a medium, but also to discuss the ways in which these texts represent the history, culture, and people of Brazil. We will read a few comics from the US and France to make comparisons as well. You can download an updated syllabus here. I will also be using this blog to post course documents, links, and questions to consider as you read the material.