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Heroes and Heroism

This course will take a look at the idea of the hero in human history and the role of hero mythology (or “storytelling”) in society. It will begin with a presentation of the ancient origins of heroism, continue with a study of a number emblematic examples of the hero in history, and end with a discussion of the role heroism in today’s world and the rise and enduring attraction of the “superhero” in popular culture. This study will proceed by reading (and watching) stories about the various manifestations of heroism in human history.

Section

F 50

Day/Time

MW 12:00-12:50

Professor

Tony Bartl

Dept.

Political Science