(Dis)abling Comic Books

HNR 360 - (Dis)abling Comic Books

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2021
Class #: 32932
Section: M003
Credits: 3

Wiener,Diane Rochelle

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
MW 05:15pm-06:35pm


Course Description:

Honors students participating in this unique, rigorous seminar will explore the vitality of comics, graphic novels and memoirs, manga and anime, web comics, and related genres as cultural illustrations within and across disenfranchised and marginalized populations, including People with Disabilities/Disabled People. Specifically, the course addresses: how disability and numerous, intersecting identities affect the politics of representation, audience voicedness and reception, empowerment, oppression, and intertextual interpretation; the pros, cons, and nuances accompanying the reimagining of historical comic representations alongside the complexities of creating contemporary, at times "still" problematic representations; analyses and promotion of inclusive and accessible artistic production (including comics in multiple formats and via varied platforms); creative marketing and public relations principles; and the roles within and adaptations of comics into myriad forms and contexts, including film, television, music, poetry, gaming, toys, as well as vice versa (i.e. comics arising from and being inspired by a spectrum of popular cultural "products"). This course came into existence, in part, because of “Cripping” the Comic Con (aka “‘Crip’ Con”) at Syracuse University. Students will be expected to do independent, interdisciplinary research on relevant topics of their own choosing, to be shared during a "mini 'Crip' Con" at the class's conclusion—to which all Honors students, faculty, and guests may be invited.