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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Enhancing digital teaching

Berlin Comics Perspectives

Taught by Linda Heyden

Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0203

Course taught in English

Language Requirements: English B2

 

Course description

Not only can comics (and their emergence) be connected to urban culture in general, comics are also an important part of the Berlin culture specifically. Many comic artists, publishers, shops, libraries and galleries are situated in Berlin. In return the city and its citizens are often featured in comics. We will explore the various ways the city is used and set in scene in the comics and how the experience of living in urban, multifaceted Berlin might be mirrored in the comics form with its fragmented patterns and the juxtaposition of words and pictures.

By comparing different genres (such as documentary, history, western, love story, comedy), we will look for constants and variations in the portrayal of Berlin, its citizens, its historical sites, the ‘Berlin-feeling’ and identity through regional language, narrative patterns and iconic images.

Towards the end of the semester, we will visit some of the sites and places depicted in the comics as well as spots of comic culture interest, e.g. a comics library or a comics exhibition.

 

Requirements: regular attendance, active participation in class, 2 short oral presentations in English or German, 1 written assignment in English or German.

 

Course material will be made available on a moodle site. 

 

Literature

Comics:

  • Susanne Buddenberg, Thomas Henseler: Berlin – A City devided. / Berlin – Geteilte Stadt. Berlin: Avant, 2012.
  • Tim Dinter: Lästermaul & Wohlstandskind. Berlin: Avant, 2011.
  • Tim Dinter: Urban Detail.
  • Anke Feuchtenberger: Die Spaziergängerin. Berlin: Reprodukt, 2012.
  • Manuele Fior: Menschen am Sonntag. Berlin: Avant Verlag, 2006.
  • Fil: Didi & Stulle. Berlin: Reprodukt, 1998-2011.
  • Flix: Da war mal was…Hamburg: Carlsen, 2009.
  • Flix: Faust. [2010.] Hamburg: Carlsen, 2014.
  • Reinhard Kleist: Berlinoir. Hamburg: Carlsen, 2013.
  • Isabel Kreitz, Erich Kästner: Emil und die Detektive. Hamburg: Dressler Verlag, 2012.
  • Peter Auge Lorenz: Das Land, das es nicht gibt. Berlin: Jaja Verlag, 2013.
  • Ulli Lust: Go! Keep going! O.O.: electrocomics.com 2010. http://www.electrocomics.com/pdfs/electrocomics_go_keep_going.pdf
  • Jason Lutes: Berlin. Montreal: Drawn & Quaterly, 2004, 2008.
  • Mawil: „Berlin“. City tales blog. 2013.
    http://blog.goethe.de/CityTales/categories/3-Berlin
  • Mawil: Kinderland. Berlin: Reprodukt, 2014.
  • Jon J. Muth: M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder. Ludwigsburg: Cross Cult, 2009.
  • Ol: Die Mütter vom Kollwitzplatz. Oldenburg: Lappan, 2013.
  • Bela Sobottke: Krepier oder Stirb. Esslingen: Gringo Comics, 2012.
  • Jörg Ulbert, Jörg Mailliet: Gleisdreieck – Berlin 1981. Berlin: Berlin Story Verlag, 2014.
  • Misc. comic book writers: Cargo – Comicreportagen Israel-Deutschland. Berlin: Avant Verlag, 2005.

 

Theory:

  • Jörn Ahrens, Arno Meteling (Hrsg.): Comics and the City. Urban Space in Print, Picture, and Sequence. New York, London: Continuum 2010.
  • Jens Balzer, Lambert Wiesing: Outcault. Die Erfindung des Comic. Bochum, Essen: Bachmann Verlag 2010.
  • Roland Barthes: Der entgegenkommende und der stumpfe Sinn. (1990) 7. Aufl. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp 2013.
  • Walter Benjamin: Gesammelte Schriften. Bd. 1,4,5. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp 1991.
  • Will Eisner: Comics and Sequential Art. Principles and Practices from the Legendary cartoonist. (1985) New York, London: Norton 2008.
  • Astrid Erll, Ansgar Nünning, Ansgar (Hrsg.): Cultural Memory Studies. An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook. Berlin: de Gruyter 2008.
  • Johann N. Schmidt: Comic und Architektur. Faszination und Alptraum der vertikalen Stadt. In: Theorien des Comics. Ein Reader. Hrsg. von Barbara Eder, Elisabeth Klar und Ramon Reichert. Bielefeld 2011. S. 89-107.
  • Martin Schüwer : Wie Comics erzählen. Grundriss einer intermedialen Erzähltheorie der grafischen Literatur. Trier WVT 2008.