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  • William "Doug" Singsen

  • Assistant Professor-Art History
  • Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, 2013
  • Art
  • singsen@uwp.edu
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include modern and contemporary art, intercultural influences and interactions from the ancient world to the present, art and social justice, and the interaction of mass culture and the avant-garde. I believe it's important for art historians to take a broad view of art history, engaging with other cultures and with popular culture. While non-western cultures have recently become much better represented in art historical classrooms, publications and exhibitions, popular culture still remains marginal to the discipline, a legacy of art history's traditionally elitist position. My teaching includes comics, design, advertising, and other popular genres of visual objects as an antidote to this history.

Research Interests

My research right now focuses primarily on the interaction between the avant-garde and popular culture. My dissertation, which was completed in 2013 and was entitled "An Alternative by Any Other Name: Alternative Comics between the ‘Mainstream’ and the Avant-Garde, 1976 to the Present," examined the history of "alternative comics," a category roughly comparable to alternative film or music, which combined influences from mainstream superhero, horror and crime comics, the countercultural underground comix of the late sixties and early seventies, and other avant-garde traditions. In 2014, a revised chapter from my dissertation was published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and I have plans to publish other chapters from it in the future. My dissertation also raised broader questions about the history of interactions between the avant-garde and popular culture. I wanted to put alternative comics in a broader historical perspective but was confronted by the fact that there are very few studies of this area, and those that do exist are generally focused on one medium, time period, or society. I therefore began studying both the history of interactions between the avant-garde and popular culture and the theoretical models that have been applied to them, and I hope to begin publishing work on these topics in 2015.

Consulting Interests

Publications
Selected Publications

2017: Critical Perspectives on Mainstream, Groundlevel, and Alternative Comics in The Comics Journal, 1977 to 1996, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (17 pp.)

2017: Teaching Comics and Graphic Novels as Art History, Art History Teaching Resources

2016: Underground and Alternative Comics in the United States, Art History Teaching Resources

2016: Newspaper Comics in the United States , Art History Teaching Resources

: Whiteness In American Comics and Graphic Novels, University Press of Mississippi (Under Contract)

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

ART 100 FOUNDTN OF ART & VISUAL CULTUR
ART 226 MODERN ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN
ART 391 SELECTED TOPICS ART HISTORY:
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART

Fall 2017

ART 100 FOUNDTN OF ART & VISUAL CULTUR
ART 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 226 MODERN ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN
ART 391 SELECTED TOPICS ART HISTORY:
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART

Spring 2017

ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
ART 126 MODERN & CONTMP ART 1900-PRES
ART 391 SELECTED TOPICS ART HISTORY:
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART

Fall 2016

ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
ART 494 ART INTERNSHIP
ART 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 126 MODERN & CONTMP ART 1900-PRES
ART 391 SELECTED TOPICS ART HISTORY:
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART

Spring 2016

ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
ART 494 ART INTERNSHIP
ART 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 126 MODERN & CONTMP ART 1900-PRES
ART 391 SELECTED TOPICS ART HISTORY:
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART

Fall 2015

ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
ART 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 126 MODERN & CONTMP ART 1900-PRES
ART 126 MODERN & CONTMP ART 1900-PRES
ART 391 SELECTED TOPICS ART HISTORY:
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART
ART 125 SURVEY OF WORLD ART

Spring 2015

ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
ART 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 126 RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART
ART 126 RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART
ART 391 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY:

Fall 2014

ART 125 ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART
ART 125 ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART
ART 100 ART APPRECIATION
ART 343 MODERN ART

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