Assignment Two:

Explication: Making an Argument for the Value of a Fifties Horror Comic


In this assignment you will travel back in time to 1954 and write a letter to the chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency to discuss the merits of a particular comic book story among those placed on electronic reserves. Rather than make a broad argument against censorship, you are expected to defend your story by emphasizing the sophistication of the subtleties of your comic book's visual and verbal logic.

A successful assignment will do the following:

Looking Ahead

Although future essays that you write in the CAT course may not have such a specific genre, situation, or audience, it is important to think rhetorically about the academic writing that you do at UCSD.