Spring 2023

History of Race, Gender, and Comic Books

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

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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 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Peralta.

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

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, artistic work, and visual analysis.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2024