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Superman as American Mythology

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Fall 2009
Comp Lit 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

Superman, created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is the oldest and most well known superhero in history. He is the Man of Steel and the last son of the doomed planet Krypton who fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way. How did this simple character evolve into one of the greatest icons in American pop culture history? Is there some innate connection between Superman and the American psyche that has allowed him to remain so popular after so long? What is Superman’s connection to religion and philosophy? How have changes in the American political climate affected the Last Son of Krypton? How have different incarnations of the character affected American culture and popular consciousness? How exactly do the characters of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor contribute to the mythology of the character? These questions and many more will be explored as we look into Superman as American Mythology.

How to Enroll:

Show up on Monday August 31st, 2009 at 5:30 PM in 206 Dwinelle to learn more about the course. We will take down names of people interested in registering and will send an additional e-mail out to all admitted students by the next morning. Enrollment is limited, so make sure to attend Monday. Regular class sessions begin on Wednesday as described on the syllabus. If you will not be able to attend Monday, but are still interested, e-mail us and show up on Wednesday.

Course Contact: krypton.class AT

Time & Location:

Dayana Medevsky
Michelle Tran
206 DwinelleMW 5:30-6:308/31started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: UPDATED Superman Syllabus - Fall 2009.docAug 25112kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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