Wi ‘09 Freshman Seminar plans

I will be teaching the freshman seminar again in Winter Quarter 2009. Here’s a list of the books we’ll be reading:

Syllabus: Analyzing The Appeal Of Manga
(Arts & Sciences 138.16; call number: 02446-4)
Unit 1: Foundations: Manga through the ‘70s

Jan. 7: Introductions; course overview
Students sign up to prepare and lead discussions of manga

Jan. 14: Topic: Manga as sequential art
Discussion focus: Tezuka, Osamu. Black Jack. Volume 1 (1973)
Scott McCloud. Understanding Comics. Chapter 1

Jan. 21: Topic: Iconic Characters and Realistic Backgrounds in Manga
Discussion focus: Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima (1973)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 2

Unit 2: Reaching Maturity: Manga of the ‘80s and ‘90s

Jan. 28: Topic: Closure (panel to panel transitions) in Manga
Discussion focus: Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball. Volume 1 (1984)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 3

Feb. 4: Topic: Time and Motion in Manga
Discussion focus: Urasawa, Naoki. Naoki Urasawa’s Monster. v.1 (1994)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 4

Feb. 11: Topic: Genres and the Commodification of Manga
Discussion focus: Minekura, Kazuya. Saiyuki. v. 1 (1997)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 5

Feb. 18: Topic: Fan Culture and Manga
Discussion focus: Takahashi, Rumiko. Inu-yasha. (1997-2008)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 6

Unit 3: New Directions: Manga of the 21st Century

Feb. 25: Topic: Gender and Sexuality in Manga
Discussion focus: Ogawa, Yayoi. Tramps Like Us. (2000)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 7

Mar. 4: Topic: The Craft of Manga; Social Commentary in Manga
Discussion focus: Kuroda, Iou. Sexy Voice and Robo. (2002)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 8

Mar. 11: Topic: Senses and Emotions in Manga
Discussion focus:
Kono, Fumiyo. Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (2003)
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics. Chapter 9

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