Week 1: September 10 & 12
Introductions: syllabus, requirements
Tech set-up: Wikis, blogging on WordPress, Bitstrips, Twitter, Dropbox
Diagnostic essay on Thursday
Week 2: September 17 & 19
Reading due on Thursday: Fables Volume 1.
First responders: post by Wednesday night on Fables to course blog.
Researchers: post by Wednesday night on Fables to course wiki.
Second responders: post by Friday night as comments (or separate post entirely) on course blog.
Week 3: September 24 & 26
FIRST READERS (group 2): post by Monday night to course blog
RESPONDENTS (group3): post by Wednesday night to course blog
RESEARCHERS (group 4): post by class time Tuesday to course wiki
Drafting & thesis workshop on Thursday
Week 4: October 1 & 3
Paper 1 final draft due by the start of class on Thursday, saved as a pdf file and deposited on Dropbox
FIRST READERS (group 3) post 250-word responses to DMZ by WEDNESDAY NIGHT on our course blog.
RESEARCHERS (group 1) post sources by CLASS TIME ON THURSDAY to our course wiki
RESPONDENTS (group 4) post 250 word comments based on class discussion or in response to first readers by FRIDAY NIGHT on our course blog.
Reading due for Thursday: DMZ Volume 1; “Blood in Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories,” by Warren Ellis
Week 5: October 8 & 10
MEET IN E-101B IN THE LIBRARY AT 10:30 FOR CLASS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
Reading due on Thursday: rest of Watchmen
Week 6: October 17
FINAL DRAFT OF PAPER 1 DUE ON DROPBOX BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
class on Thursday only – MIDTERM EXAM on DMZ
Week 7: October 22 & 24
Research mini-workshop on Watchmen on Tuesday – bring sources to class (2 scholarly, 1 not)
Drafting workshop for Watchmen on Thursday – bring outline
Week 8: October 29 & 31
Paper 2 on Watchmen ROUGH DRAFT DUE IN CLASS (BRING TWO COPIES TO CLASS)
Reading due on Thursday – chosen graphic novel (Strange Attractors OR The Couriers OR Sailor Twain) – introducing Paper 3 & PechaKucha project
Post First Draft of Paper 2 on Watchmen to Dropbox by Friday, November 1
Week 9: November 5 & 7
Final draft of paper 2 on Watchmen due within a week of receiving edits
Week 10: November 12 & 14
Source & Image lists due on Dropbox the day of presentation
Week 11: November 19 & 21
Responses to Watchmen movie adaptation & Screening
Articles to read, choose on and read it for Thursday:
- “Adapting WATCHMEN after 9/11”
“Interplay Amidst the Strangeness and the Charm: Under-language and the Attenuation of Meaning in the Film Adaptation of Watchmen”
- “The Culturally Constituted Gaze: Fetishizing the Feminine from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen”
Week 12: November 26
Article workshop – breaking down movie articles (class on Tuesday only)
Week 13: December 3 & 5
Tuesday: FINAL EXAM, IN CLASS, responding to the movie adaptation and graphic novel for Watchmen (open book, have the article you chose in Dropbox).
Thursday: Edit-a-thon, final exam FINAL DRAFT is due by the end of class as a .pdf on Dropbox.
Week 14: December 10
Course wrap-up, grade conferences – drop in to my office, M-120, H, between 10:30 and 11:30 to receive your grade and sign-in. THIS IS A REQUIRED MEETING. You will be marked absent if you do not show up, and your grade will be impacted.