Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brewer, Kenneth
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6304 Section 001
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
The Anti-Hero

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-hero’s popularity has peaked.

Required Texts:

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*
*Madame Bovary*
*Crime and Punishment*
*Jude the Obscure*
*The Age of Innocence*
*The Quiet American*
*The Crying of Lot 49*
*Portnoy's Complaint*
*American Psycho*

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Presentations; major paper

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