Summer 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions
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.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Roth, Portnoy's Complaint
Greene, The Quiet American
Ellis, American Psycho
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Presentation; major paper; frequent response papers.