Summer 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6304 Section 09M
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
The Anti-Hero

Description of Course:

From the morally troubled Tony Soprano to the psychopathic Dexter, our culture currently seems more enamored of the anti-hero than of the hero. This course will examine the anti-hero from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on an array of forms this figure has taken. From the overly-ambitious (Victor Frankenstein, Emma) to the ineffectual (Portnoy) to the deeply troubled (Patrick Bateman, Sethe),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:

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Austen, Emma
Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Roth, Portnoy's Complaint
Greene, The Quiet American
Ellis, American Psycho
Morrison, Beloved

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Presentation; major paper; frequent response papers.

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