Key Concepts: Hero and Antihero
Professor Tom GiannottiWinter 2007 (15011)LCH A334
M-Th 5-5:30 or by appointmentMTWTh 6:00-9:50 PM(310) 243-3930
Hero With a Thousand Faces
Princeton19900-6910-1784-0$15.95 240 pages
Heart of Darkness
Mod Lib19990-3757-5377-x$7.95110 pages
Four Major Plays: A Doll House
Death of a Salesman
Oedipus the King
Oxford19900-1950-5493-8$8.9575 pagesWeekly Average: 343 pages Total:1030 pages
Course Description and Objectives
Prerequisite: HUM 200. Course objectives: 1) to investigate the cultural assumptions and implications lying behind the archetypes of heroism and antiheroism; 2) to sharpen students’ aptitudes as critical readers,interpreters, and writers. Our odyssey through literary myth and cultural history begins in classical antiquity,whose heroes mirror the consensual values of their society, and then traces the transformations of heroism anddevelopment of antiheroism amid the modern world’s more problematic and paradoxical value-systems. Textsdrawn from literature, mythology, stage drama, and film, with sideglances at philosophy and psychology. Classmeetings are divided into two discussion sessions separated by a break, with a brief quiz at the beginning andsometimes a writing session or quiz at the end.
Course Requirements and Grading
Regular access to Blackboard and class email is required, and course grade may be penalized up to oneletter grade if you do not access them: please update your username in Blackboard to receive class email.
Ten Quizzes • 30% . Ten multiple-choice quizzes, usually of four questions (at all class meetings but first), most given in the first five minutes of class, some in the last five. Only partial creditissued after 6:05; quizzes cannot be taken or made up after 6:10. Please bring a Scantron #882-ES(the long ones) every day.
Midterm Essay • 30% . Typed, 4-5 pages, due in hard copy in class and in Digital Dropbox (TBA).Late papers accepted, but are docked one letter per day.
Final Essay • 40% . Typed, 4-5 pages, due in hard copy in class and in Digital Dropbox. No papers accepted after 8:00 PM, Th, Jan 18.
Diagnostic Essay • 0% . Not included in GPA, but penalty of one letter grade assessed on Midtermif you do not write the Diagnostic on the first or second class day.
Note that class meets at 6:00—if getting here on time will be a problem, please don’t enroll.Please bring texts to class daily, and please switch off cell phones.
The drop deadline in Winter is at the end of the first week—please decide your status by then as Idon’t normally approve drops after the deadline and require documented “serious and compellingreason”: a medical emergency or permanent change in work schedule is adequate reason; a failing performance or frequent absence is not.
All work is due in class, Th, Jan 18. Please be aware that Incompletes won't be issued for con-sistently missed work or absence—only for medical or other documented emergency on the finalexam when
prior work is complete.
Take-home essays and exams must be typed (200-250 words/page). Please don't use folders.Sorry, I can’t accept voluntary rewrites in so short a term
let’s get it right the first time. I onlyaccept papers with a Scoring Sheet attached to the back. Please print them out from Blackboard.
You’re required to know the CSUDH plagiarism policy in the catalog. If you copy from another source without proper acknowlegement/documentation, the consequences will normally include myassigning an F for the course and reporting it to the Vice President’s office for disciplinary action.
I’ll post grades by Tu, Jan 23, 3:00 PM; they’re available from Toro Web within 24 hours.
Wk 1Initiations • Myth and The Classical Hero Work Due