Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
From the morally challenged Tony Soprano to the psychopathic Hannibal Lecter, 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),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 portrayals of the anti-hero, and examine if the anti-heroâ€™s popularity has peaked.
This is a *tentative* list that is subject to change. If you plan to read ahead before a full syllabus is posted on Coursebook, contact the instructor.
*Sorrows of Young Werther*
*Crime and Punishment*
*Jude the Obscure*
*The Age of Innocence*
*The Quiet American*
*The Crying of Lot 49*
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Presentations; major paper