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.