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ENGS6-13 Option: Reading Superhero Comics: Form, History, Culture 5 ECTS
Periods
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
English
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
DP in English Language, Literature and Translation
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

This course will provide an overview of superhero comics from the late 1930s to the present, focusing on the historical, theoretical, and critical arguments that have evolved around the genre. We will approach the genre of superhero comics as a historical and cultural phenomenon, and discuss such superhero-related issues as audiences and fandom, the representation of gender, the role of the villain, and the relevance of the superhero in a post- 9/11 world. While the entire genre is discussed, longer textual examples will focus more on superhero comics published from 1980s onwards.
We will be reading theoretical texts on superheroes as well as excerpts from various superhero comics, including Superman, Batman, Captain America, and Watchmen (each student is expected to purchase a copy of Watchmen, other materials will be provided in photocopies). In addition, we will also be viewing one superhero film.
Assessment: group participation, class presentation, final essay of 7-9 pages.

Enrolment for University Studies

Teachers

Mervi Miettinen, Teacher responsible
mervi.miettinen[├Ąt]uta.fi

Teaching

3-Sep-2012 – 10-Dec-2012
Tutorials
Thu 6-Sep-2012 - 13-Dec-2012 weekly at 16-18, B4031