Spring 2022

History of Race, Gender, and Comic Books

Listed in: History, as HIST-252  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-252

Moodle site: Course


Christine N. Peralta (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 252 [US/TE/TR/TS/C] and SWAG 252) What can we learn about MLK and Malcolm X and from Magneto and Professor X? What can we learn about gendered and racialized depictions within comic books? As a catalyst to encourage looking at history from different vantage points, we will put comic books in conversation with the history of race and empire in the United States. Sometimes we will read comic books as primary sources and products of a particular historical moment, and other times we will be reading them as powerful and yet imperfect critiques of imperialism and racial inequality in U.S. history. Besides comic books, this course uses a wide range of material including academic texts, traditional primary source documents, and multi-media sources.

Limited to 38 students. Spring semester. Professor Peralta.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to SWAGS majors and History majors, following that the instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, gender, background, etc.).


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022