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C LIT 200 A: Introduction to Literature

MF 2:30pm - 3:20pm / THO 125
W 2:30pm - 3:20pm / NAN 181
Joint Sections: 
GERMAN 298 A, LIT 298 C
Ellwood Wiggins

Syllabus Description:

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(German 298a, Comp Lit 200a, Lit 298c)

What makes a hero? Why do we need heroes? What happens when heroes fail us? In this course, we explore the characteristics of heroes in literature and film from antiquity to today. The formal and psychological structures of heroism will be analyzed under the rubrics of admiration, identification, seduction, and disillusionment. We will interrogate how both genre and gender impact the representation of heroes, and examine characters such as Achilles, Odysseus, Ms. Marvel, Antigone, Jesus, Satan, Buddha, Zarathustra, Winnetou, Wonder Woman (and other Amazonian Warrior Princesses), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

  • Students will work in groups on creative projects to create heroes of their own. 
  • Students will write one essay over the course of the quarter on their own heroes. They will work on the formal, critical, and rhetorical elements of this essay in three installments, expanding and revising as they go. (Option for W Credit)

Syllabus and Course Description

Catalog Description: 
Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 21, 2019 - 9:11pm