Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6304 Section 59M
TR Time 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
The Anti-Hero

Description of Course:

From the morally troubled Tony Soprano to the psychopathic Dexter, our culture currently seems more enamoured of the anti-hero than of the hero. This course will examine the anti-hero from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, focusing on an array of forms this figure has taken. From William Makepeace Thackeray's ruthless and energetic Becky Sharp to Bret Easton Ellis's violent and troubled Patrick Bateman, 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.

Required Texts:

Thackeray, Vanity Fair
Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Ellison, Invisible Man
Ellis, American Psycho

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

One major paper, two class presentations.

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