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The Hero in Lit Myth & Film (ENG 215 (UG08))

Term: Spring Term 2009 (UNDG)


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Office hours:
  • Monday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Thursday 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Friday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM


    Mon-Wed-Fri, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM (1/21/2009 - 5/12/2009) Location: MAIN (Harrington Learning Cent 101 - Lecture Only)


    This course covers various cultural concepts of the hero in fiction, nonfiction, myth, and film. Topics include the oral tradition, the nature of civilization, and heroic topics such as transformation of consciousness, initiation, illumination, search for identity, the quest, and continuity. Reading selections include passages from The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Bagavhad Gita, and The Tin B Cuailgne . Typical film selections include Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Ghandi, Excalibur, and Sir Gawain; plus background films on Celtic, Indian, Middle Eastern, and classical cultures. Students write several short papers and complete a final project demonstrating their understanding of universal heroic themes.
    Prerequisite: ENG 102. S, 2007 (HE, LA)