Comics and Memory
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 3009
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
In this course, students will explore the unique way comics map memory in order to tell stories about the past. Students will learn and “borrow” the graphic storytelling techniques of nonfiction comic masters. We will read, analyze and “imitate” one writer per week or two-week-unit. We will also look specifically at the impact, intended or otherwise, of the comics we read – what effect does the relaying of memory have on the writers’ own lives and on the world around them? Beginning with individual memory, moving to familial memory, through cultural memory, and finally to global memory, how, why, and to what effect is memory documented by these graphic masters, and how will we use their techniques for our own remembered stories?
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.