HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 006 From Throw-Away Fun to Morality Play: The Dynamic Superhero Film
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Course Note:
A guided journey that opens first-year students' eyes to the importance of scholarship and research in an area of the seminar leader's expertise. Subject matter and discussions are confronted from the vantage point “Why does it matter?”.
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11. Drop/Add Deadline 09-27-10.
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Since when was Batman the kind of superhero to deliver monologues on fear, criminality, and good and evil? Wasn’t he the same superhero asking Robin for the Shark Repellant Bat Spray in the 1960s? Since when did putting a mask on to fight evil-doers get so serious?

In the last ten years, the film industry has entered into a so-called golden age of superhero movies with successful adaptations of popular costumed crimefighter comics netting studios significant profits and leading to a spate of comic book and graphic novel adaptations. This commercial boom has coincided with critical shifts in tone and content toward more nuanced themes, and critics have begun to regard the superhero film genre as more than meaningless fun.

In this class, we will consider the genre critically in commercial, artistic, cultural, and ideological contexts and explore a few key questions: what is the industrial history of superhero comic book adaptations? what are the differences between comic book and film superheroes? why have superheroes been popular in the past, and why have they remained popular? what does our fascination with this genre say about our culture? and what is the genre's future?

Each class will be spent by 10-15 minutes of lecture and clip-viewing followed by a discussion of class topics and readings. This class is designed to be intellectually stimulating as well as entertaining, so students should be prepared to engage actively in discussion. Work will consist of an enjoyable amount of weekly reading consisting of scholarly criticism, screenings of 2-3 films to be watched outside of class time, short responses to class material, and a final project on a topic of particular interest.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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27537
Open
1
12LSA Hnrs Y1
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Note: Regenerative Medicine's Moral Achilles Heel Does not meet first week of classes.
002 (SEM)
P
32429
Closed
0
 
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Note: Rwandan Genocide Does not meet first week of classes.
003 (SEM)
P
27539
Open
4
 
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Note: All's Fair in Love and Sport Does not meet first week of classes.
004 (SEM)
P
27541
Closed
0
12LSA Hnrs Y1
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Note: Romanticism Does not meet first week of classes.
005 (SEM)
P
29099
Closed
0
 
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Note: Politically Incorrect Does not meet first week of classes.
006 (SEM)
P
29113
Open
2
12LSA Hnrs Y1
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Note: From Throw-Away Fun to Morality Play Does not meet first week of classes.
007 (SEM)
P
30871
Open
1
 
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Note: Thalidomide and Other Case Studies Does not meet first week of classes.
008 (SEM)
P
32431
Closed
0
 
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Note: The Financial Crisis for Dummies Does not meet first week of classes.
009 (SEM)
P
43797
Open
1
 
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Note: The Physics of the Fascinating Does not meet first week of classes.
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