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ENGL 4860

Special Topics in Film Studies: Superhero Movies

Spring 2016

Room PH xxx | Day/Time TBA



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About the Course



Dr. David Lavery

Office PH 316A | Office Hours TBA | E-mail david.lavery@mtsu.edu | Office Phone/Voice-Mail 615-898-5648 | Home Page http//davidlavery.net/


Dr. David Lavery is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The recipient of the University's 2006 Distinguished Research Award, he is the author of over one hundred and fifty published essays, chapters, and reviews and the author / co-author / editor / co-editor of twenty-two books, including Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers, TV Goes to Hell An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural, The Essential Cult Television Reader, and The Essential Sopranos Reader. The co-convener of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the work of Joss Whedon and The Sopranos; co-founder of the Whedon Studies Association and its journal Slayage and founding editor of Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany), been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, USA Today, and from 2006-2008 taught film and television at Brunel University in London. With MTSU's Jane Marcellus, he is the co-convener of an international symposium on Mad Men to be held in New York City in October 2015.






Course Requirements

Writing Completion of two of the following [A] xxxxxxxxxxxx; [B] xxxxxxxxxxx; [C] xxxxxxxx; [D] xxxxxxxx; [E] xxxxxxx. Length each 2000 words (MA students)/3,000 words (PhD students) | Weight Each worth 40% of course grade. Due See the course agenda. Submit via the appropriate D2L drop boxes. 

Class participation [25% of grade] (1) involvement in class discussion of daily readings; (2) xxxxxxx; (3) xxxxxxxxxxxx; (4) xxxxxx. Nota bene presenters may use any/all of the following in their 10 minute presentations handouts, Power Points/Prezis, audio/video clips.


Power Points

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IMDB List of Superhero Movies | World Class Director [Paul Thomas Anderson] Defends Superhero Movies |



Meeting 1 | 8/26/15

Introduction to the Course | Superhero(s) of the Week: Beowulf | Power Point(s):  Meeting One

Meeting 2 | 9/2/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Superman | Power Point(s):  Meeting Two

Meeting 3 | 9/9/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Batman | Power Point(s):  Meeting Three

Meeting 4 | 9/16/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: The Hulk | Power Point(s):  Meeting Four

Meeting 5 |  9/23/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: The X-Men | Power Point(s): Meeting Five

Meeting 6 | 9/30/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Spider-man | Power Point(s): Meeting Six

Meeting 7 | 10/7/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Captain America | Power Point(s):  Meeting Seven

10/10-13/15: Fall Break

Meeting 8 | 10/14/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Hellboy | Power Point(s):  Meeting Eight

Meeting 9 | 10/21/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Thor and Hancock | Power Point(s):  Meeting Nine

Meeting 10 | 10/28/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Iron Man | Power Point(s):  Meeting Ten

Meeting 11 | 11/4/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Wonder Woman and Green Lantern | Power Point(s):  Meeting Eleven

Meeting 12 | 11/11/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Flash and Arrow | Power Point(s): Meeting Twelve

Meeting 13 | 11/18/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: The Avengers | Power Point(s):  Meeting Thirteen

11/25/15: Thanksgiving, No Class

Meeting 14 | 11/25/15

Superhero(s) of the Week: Justice League of America | Power Point(s):  Meeting Fourteen

12/4-10/15: Final Exam Week