We Could Be Heroes: Race, Gender, and the Contemporary Hero Narrative

Description: Seminar, four hours. Ways in which hero narratives represent and work through issues of racial and gender identity. Interdisciplinary consideration of hero narratives in film alongside various literary and media arts genres including graphic novel, blaxploitation films, hip-hop concept music, animated television series, and novel. Critical reading and analysis of these texts to question often-fraught racial and gender politics embedded in these cultural productions as way to access role that racial and gender dynamics have on world at large. P/NP or letter grading.

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