Don’t forget you have 2 postings due for this week.
1.) A short, approximately 100 word posting on a possible final research project for the course. Remember to think about starting with a “traingulation” a critical theory or term from the readings applied to 2 different performances. That will give you a good base of keywords from which to conduct your research.
2.) An overall response to the Mental Illness Unit readings (Marbles, American Splendor, and perhaps Warm Bodies if you want to explore it metaphorically. This Unit reflection should be a bit longer than a routine weekly posting–around 1000 words. Here are some ideas to consider for your response.
– Why might graphic novels in particular be helpful for exploring issues of mental illness? For example, are there specific moments in Marbles and American Splendor that work better narratively specifically because they can illustrate multiple images, or words next to images?
– El Refaie extensively discusses the power of graphic novel to speak autobiographically. Taking some of her key terms, discuss where you see her concepts at work in Marbles, even though she doesn’t specifically address this graphic novel.
-In Amy Gall’s review of Forney’s work, she says Forney poses the question of whether bipolar diagnosis is a gift or a curse. Can you apply this question to American Splendor as well, and analyze specific scenes in which mental illness could be seen as a gift? What problems do you see this provoking in terms of the metaphors of illness we’ve discussed relative to cancer, Ebola, and AIDS? Discuss specific frames or scenes where the curse/gift dichotomy is explored in these texts.