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X-Men: Icon of an Evolving Political Culture

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Fall 2009
Poli Sci 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

X-Men, created in 1963 by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, is the most popular comic series in the Marvel Universe. The X-Men are fictitious mutants who, as a result of a sudden leap in evolution, are born with latent superhuman abilities. How and why did X-Men evolve into a series with some of the most relatable yet overtly political characters in comics? In what manner do the series’ writers tackle salient political issues through the decades, such as class conflict, genocide, segregation based on in-groups and out-groups, war, suppression of individual rights and liberties, religion, freedom, racial and sexual identity, etc.? How have changes in America’s ideological, scientific, economic, and moral domains affected the X-Men series? Is there some innate connection between X-Men and the human psyche that has allowed them to remain so endearing after so long in dozens of countries besides the United States? How exactly do the groups composed of anti-mutant individuals, the Morlocs, and the Shi’ar alien race contribute to the overarching themes of X-Men? These questions and many more will be answered as we explore X-Men The Decal.

How to Enroll:

Days class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday from 5 PM until 6 PM. Class will be held two times per week in 155 Barrows. Each session will be one hour long. Students have to show up on the first day of instruction 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.

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Anthony Magnia
Dayana Medevsky
155 BarrowsTuTh 5:00-6:009/01started

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Syllabus: X-Men Syllabus - Fall 2009.docSep 1330kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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