Schedule

SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
due in class on the date assigned

Texts followed by two asterisks (**) are recommended, but not required.

These texts will form the basis of presentations and blog postings.

 

DAY DATE READING WRITING DUE

 

Week 1                                                                        

T Aug 28 Jose Alaniz, “Unmasked at Last: Death, Disability, and the Superbody”

Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster, “Dr. Mystic”

TH Aug 30 Peter Coogan, “The Definition of the Superhero”

Will Eisner and Lou Fine, “The Flame”

 

Week 2                                                                                                                                                 

T Sept 4 Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster. The Superman Chronicles

Scott McCloud, “The Vocabulary of Comics” (File 1 & File 2)

Umberto Eco, “The Myth of Superman”

Blog Entry (A)

 

TH Sept 6 William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman: The Golden Age (read to page 100)
Matt Yockey, “Wonder Woman for a Day”**Scott McCloud, “Blood in the Gutter” (File 1 and File 2)
Blog Entry (B)

 

Week 3

T Sept 11 No Classes
TH Sept 13 William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman: The Golden Age (read all)
Ben Saunders, “Wonder Woman: Bondage and Liberation”**
Blog Entry (A)

 

Week4                                                                                                                                

T Sept 18 No Class
TH Sept 20 Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. The Uncanny X-Men Masterworks, Vol 2.

Scott Bukatman, “X-Bodies: Torment of the Mutant Superhero”**

Charles Hatfield, “The Art of Tensions” (32-41) (File 1 and File 2)

Blog Entry (B)

 

Week 5                                                                                                                               

T Sept 25 Chris Claremont and Jo Duffy. The Uncanny X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

Ramzi Fawaz, “Consumed by Hellfire: Demonic Possession and the Limits of the Superhuman in the 1980s”**

Blog Entry (A)
TH Sept 27 O’Neil, Denny and Neal Adams. Green Lantern/ Green Arrow: Hard Travelin’ Heroes (read to page 104)
Adilifu Nama, “Color Them Black”**
Blog Entry (B)

 

Week 6                                                                                                                               

T Oct 2 O’Neil, Denny and Neal Adams. Green Lantern/ Green Arrow: Hard Travelin’ Heroes (read all)
Charles Hatfield, “The Art of Tensions” (41-48)
TH Oct 4 Frank Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1-56)
Charles Hatfield, “The Art of Tensions”(48-58)
S Oct 6 Short Paper Due by 5 pm

 

Week 7                                                                                                                               

T Oct 9 Frank Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Geoff Klock, “The Revisionary Superhero Narrative”

Blog Entry (A)
TH Oct 11 Frank Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Blog Entry (B)

 

Week 8                                                                                                                               

T Oct 16 Library Session
TH Oct 18 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen

Charles Hatfield, “The Art of Tensions” (58-67)

Iain Thomson, “Deconstructing the Superhero in Comics and Philosophy” **

Blog Entry (A)

 

Week 9

T Oct 23 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen

Andrew Hoberek, “Is It Literature?” from Considering Watchmen**

Blog Entry (B)
TH Oct 25 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen

Andrew Hoberek, “Politics” from Considering Watchmen**

Blog Entry (A)
S Oct 26 Research Paper Proposal Due by 5 pm

 

Week 9                                                                                                                               

 

T Oct 30 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen

Erin Keating, “The Female Link:” Citation and Continuity in Watchmen”**

 

Blog Entry (B)
TH Nov 1 Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. Marvels.

 

 

Week 10

T Nov 6 Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. Marvels.

Sean Carney, “The Function of the Superhero at the Present Time”**

Blog Entry (A)
TH Nov 8 Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. All-Star Superman.
S Nov 10 Annotated Bibliography Due by 5 pm

 

Week 11                                                                                                                             

 

T Nov 13 Morrison, Grant, and Frank Quitely. All-Star Superman.

Frank Bramlett, “Making and Breaking the Superhero Quotidian: How All-Star Superman Embodies and Revises the Everyday”

Blog Entry (B)
TH Nov 15 Wilson, G. Willow and Adrian Alphona. Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal.

Miriam Kent, “Unveiling Marvels: Ms. Marvel and the Reception of the New Marvel Superhero”**

Blog Entry (A)
S Nov 17 Draft + Outline Due by 5 pm

 

Week 12

 

T Nov 20 Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones. America: The Life and Times of America Chavez.
TH Nov 22 No Class: Thanksgiving

 

Week 13                                                                                                                                               

 

T Nov 27 Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. The Shadow Hero.
TH Nov 29 Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. The Shadow Hero.

Monica Chiu, “Who Needs a Chinese Superhero?”**

Blog Entry (B)
S Dec 1 Research Paper Due by 5 pm

 

Week 14                                                                                                                                               

 

T Dec 4 Jaime Hernandez, God and Science.
TH Dec 6 Jaime Hernandez, God and Science.

Osvaldo Oyola, “Succeeding in the Super-Biz: The Subaltern Superhero in Jaime Hernandez’s God and Science

Blog Entry (A and B)

 

Week 15

T Dec 11 Last Day of Classes Superhero Presentations
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