Welcome to English/Humanities 4983, also known as "Superheroes as Literature." This class--all 7 days of it!--serves as a whirlwind introduction to the history of superheroes in the 20th/21st centuries, as well as a discussion of the grammar, style, and syntax of so-called 'comic books.' We'll not only discuss why superheroes have become our modern-day mythology, but how comic books are uniquely designed to tell their story. Along the way, we'll look at some of comic books' detractors, and learn to defend this unique art form from charges of illiteracy, degeneracy, and "kids' lit."
Be sure to buy the 5 books for class at the ECU bookstore, since we'll start reading right after our first class, with questions due on Tuesday! The book list is pasted below:
REQUIRED TEXTS: (a) Miller, Batman: Year One; (b) Millar, Superman: Red Son; (c) Claremont, X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills; (d) Wilson, Mrs. Marvel, “No Normal,” Vol.1; (e) Coates, Black Panther, “A Nation Under Our Feet,” Book One
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See you in the funny pages! Or as Stan Lee would say, Excelsior!