Wikipedia’s article on non-fiction states, "non-fiction… is content who’s creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the events, people, or information presented. In contrast, a story whose creator explicitly leaves open if and how the work refers to reality is usually classified as fiction."
We’re going to read some comics you’ve heard of, and some you haven’t, in an effort to explore an international perspective on truth in images and narrative (all helpfully translated into English). All reading material will be uploaded to gauchospace in PDFs. Readings will include (but are not limited to): Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Queer: A Graphic History, by Meg John Barker and Julie Scheele, The Arab of the Future, by Raid Sattouf, and Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel. As we discuss representations of truth, participants are encouraged to find political and scientific examples of persuasive images and comics. We will touch on radio programs such as "This American Life" and Benjamin Walker's "Theory of Everything," as non-visual analogs to the combination of text and image. Class meetings will be discussion and activity based.
This is a student-led colloquium led by Kate Ryan under the supervision of Caroline Allen