ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 012 Heroes and Villains
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What makes someone a hero? Why do our stories have to have a bad guy? In this section of English 124, we will answer these questions, as well as others, as we take as our focus “heroes and villains” and the roles they play in our society. We will engage with questions of why cultures throughout history find it necessary to tell stories of heroes and villains, and examine changing definitions of “heroism” and “villainy” over the years. We will interrogate how cultural depictions of villainy have overlapped with marginalized identities, and the role that the “other” plays in societal self-fashioning myths. Our analysis of heroes and villains will include the role that media plays in influencing narratives of lionization and demonization. We will also consider how social media has simultaneously allowed us control over our own personal heroic narratives as well as instances in which the expanded access and recorded memory of the internet have made instant villains out of otherwise anonymous individuals. Course readings will range from classical mythology to comic books to contemporary writing on the media and the digital age.

This class is about writing and academic inquiry, with a special emphasis on literature. Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays allow writers to write their way toward answers, toward figuring out what they think. In this writing-intensive course, students focus on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments addressing questions that matter in academic contexts. The course also hones students’ critical thinking and reading skills. Working closely with their peers and the instructor, students develop their essays through workshops and extensive revision and editing.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Schedule Listing
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16338
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16339
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11340
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17283
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16340
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11342
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11345
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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16345
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 031219126X
Frankenstein : complete, authoritative text with biographical, historical, and cultural contexts, critical history, and essays from contemporary critical perspectives, Author: Mary Shelley. Ed. by Johanna M. Smith., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 2. ed. 2000
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ISBN: 9781594634017
So you've been publicly shamed, Author: Ronson, Jon, 1967-
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ISBN: 1401248195
Watchmen, Author: Moore, Alan, 1953-
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