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Against the Mainstream: Alternative Comics, Politics, and US Society (EAS3248)

30 credits

Against the Mainstream explores the rich history of US alternative comics and you will see how texts and creators were part of social transformations and political movements taking place in the United States between the 1960s and 1990s. The module includes underground comix, independent comics, minicomics, and graphic novels and you will make connections between American history and the politics of representation.

Against the Mainstream emphasizes close reading framed by critical theory and in relation to historical contexts, so it would be advantageous for you to have already studied theory (e.g. on Approaches to Criticism or Humanities After the Human). There are no prerequisites.