Section 001: MWF 12:30-1:20
Section 002: MWF 2:30-3:20
Instructor: Liz Locke
After discussing some of the ways in which scholars define and think about the word “myth,” we meet Theseus, a classical Greek hero, and his transformations into the iconic American Cowboy Hero. We then discover the significance of comic book superheroes in our popular, moral, and political cultures: How do “truth, justice, and the American Way” figure in our current narratives about American identity, power, law, vigilantism, heroism, and immigration? Finally, we consult representations of women superheroes, still asking: how do both our new and traditional hero myths mold our thinking on individual autonomy, community, suffering, justice, violence, and virtue? How do they influence our behaviors and attitudes about power, gender, ethnicity, class, citizenship, conflict, and peace?
In addition to your regular class attendance, you will be screening three films: The Virginian (1929), Unforgiven (1992), and The Dark Knight (2008), plus the last two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2003).
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