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ENGL 2020

Themes in Literature and Culture: The Superhero: From Hercules to Netflix


Room: PH xxx | Day/Time: TBA



About the Course | About David Lavery | Texts | Class Members |  Course Requirements | Power Points | Websites, Links, Readings | Agenda





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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-one 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. He is currently working on two books: Genius at Work: Wallace Stevens, Charles Ives, Benjamin Lee Whorf and the Imagination of insurance and ". . . and imagination can see them again": Four Exercises in Barfieldian Poetics. 




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 | DC Comics Website | Marvel Universe Wiki | Marvel Comics Encyclopedia | 11 Best Non-Marvel and DC Superheroes | Superheroes (Wikipedia) | Superhero Database | Toonopedia | Darkhorse Comics | Wikipedia Pages: Ant Man | Aquaman | The Atom | Avengers | Batman | Black Panther | Black Widow | Blade | Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Captain America | Captain Marvel | Challengers of he Unknown | The Crow | Daredevil | Deadpool | Doctor Strange | Fantastic Four | The Flash | Green Arrow | Green Hornet | Green Lantern | Guardians of the Galaxy | Hancock | Hawkeye | Hawkman | Hellboy | The Incredible Hulk | Iron Man | Justice League of America | Luke Cage | | The Martian Manhunter | The Phantom | The Punisher | Quicksilver | Scarlet Witch | The Shadow | Spawn | Spider-man | Superman | Thor | The Vision | Wasp | | Wonder Woman | The X-Men [Beast | Colossus | Cyclops | Magneto | Professor X | Rogue | Storm | Wolverine] | Zorro



Meeting 1 | TBA

Introduction to the Course | Power Point(s):  Meeting One

Meeting 2 | TBA

Superhero(s) of the Week: Hercules/Odysseus/Beowulf | Power Point(s):  Meeting Two

Meeting 3 | TBA

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

Meeting 4 | TBA

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

Meeting 5 | TBA

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

Meeting 6 | TBA

Superhero(s) of the Week: X-Men & The Fantastic Four | Power Point(s): Meeting Six

Meeting 7 | TBA

Superhero(s) of the Week: Captain America & Spider-man | Power Point(s):  Meeting Seven

Meeting 8 | TBA

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

Meeting 9 | TBA

Superhero(s) of the Week: Hancock & Iron Man | Power Point(s):  Meeting Nine

Meeting 10 | TBA

Superhero(s) of the Week: Parody Superheros | Power Point(s):  Meeting Ten

Meeting 11 | TBA

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

Meeting 12 | TBA

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

Meeting 13 | TBA

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

Meeting 14 | TBA

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

Final Exam Week