Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Description
Instructor
Starnaman, Sabrina
Discipline and Number
LIT 3317 Section 501
Day
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Hero's Journey

Description of Course:

This course will start with Joseph Campbell’s theory of the Hero’s Journey, but then we will encounter many kinds of heroes and heroic quests on our journey through literary history. We will read and discuss characters that are in conversation with each other—characters written against or in comparison to those that came before. The stories in this course will be inclusive. We will read tales of sword wielders, magic users, and clever rogues. We will read tales of an ancient man that searches for immortality, an African warrior that leads his tribe, a pregnant barbarian that fights alone as an outcast, and a teenage Muslim superhero that comes to terms with her powers.

Required Texts:

Texts may include:

The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Sword and Sorcery Anthology, (2014) David Hartwell and Jacob Weisman, editors
C.L. Moore’s Northwest Smith stories (1933-38) (Selected stories)
Lorelei of the Red Mist, (1946) Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury
“The Toads of Grimmerdale,” (1973) Andre Norton
Imaro, Vol. 1, (1981/2006) Charles Saunders
The Name of the Wind (2007) Patrick Rothfuss OR The Fifth Season, (2015) N. K. Jemisin
Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (2014)

Films:
Star Wars (1977) George Lucas
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) George Miller

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments may include:

Reading quizzes
Short analytical papers
In-class writing
Active participation
Creative project

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