Batman and Cultural History
FYS 012, CRN 6967
Jeff Karnicky
TR 12:30-1:45pm

Batman first appeared in Detective Comics in 1939; since then, he has been portrayed hundreds (if not thousands) of times in comics, tv shows, and movies. This seminar will think about Batman as a cultural and historical icon. We will read Batman comics from multiple eras, and we will pair these readings with critical essays as we construct our own understanding of this character and his role in American culture. Students are expected to participate in class discussion, to complete a number of writing assignments, and to contribute to a group creative project that re-imagines Batman.

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