Summer 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6304 Section 59M
MW Time 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
Character in Fiction

Description of Course:

This course focuses on the concept of "fictional character" in the novel and other media such as film and the long-form television show. We will analyze the distinction between a "major" and a "minor" characters, examine theories of why we believe that fictional characters are "real," and survey historical differences in the construction of literary characters from early nineteenth-century Realism (Austen) through Modernism (Forster, Woolf) and Post-Modernism (D. Barthelme, Pynchon, T. Morrison). We will also discuss how film and television create characters, from mainstream Hollywood cinema to more experimental works.

Required Texts:

To be announced, but see authors listed above. With the unit on television, Season 1 of *The Sopranos.*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Short writings, presentation, major paper (15 pages).

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