Spanish Literature and Language through Comics
The course, an exploration of the graphic narrative medium in Spanish, is open to intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers. We'll analyze vignettes, sections, or chapters from both auteur and pop-culture series. These may include: Mortadelo y Filemón and Arrugas (Spain), Mafalda and El eternauta (Argentina), Ídolo and Condorito (Chile), Los once and Caminos condenados (Colombia), Vampiros en La Habana (Cuba), Virus tropical (Ecuador/ Colombia), Vivos se los llevaron (Mexico), as well as Spy vs. Spy and My Favorite Thing is Monsters (ChicanX/LatinX). Secondary sources include McCloud and Dorfman and Mattelart. The through line will be representations and instantiations of power struggles in this deceivingly naive form. Visual narratological aspects and the specificity of the medium will also be discussed at length. Language learners must enroll in the cognate course SPANLANG 103 "Concurrent Writing Support."