Fall 2019 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
LIT 3337 Section 001
MW Time 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Course Title
The Anti-Hero

Description of Course:

From morally ambiguous drug dealers to psychopaths out for justice, our culture currently seems more enamored of the anti-hero than of the hero. This course will examine the anti-hero from ancient Greek tragedy to the present, focusing on an array of forms this figure has taken (morally challenged, traumatized, overly-ambitious, deluded, pathetic). We will discuss the particular features of the anti-hero and why the anti-hero retains such a fascination in our culture and its artistic productions. We will also focus on recent television and film portrayals of the anti-hero.

Required Texts:

These are subject to change. Please consult syllabus on Coursebook or instructor.

*Paradise Lost* (selections)
*Lady Susan*
*Madame Bovary*
*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Exams, major paper

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