Meets graduation requirement | one-half credit | one semester
Superheroes began a world-wide phenomenon from their early inception as funny pages to the more modern graphic novel. They have been vilified, suppressed, banned, and raised to an art form. The class will attempt to define the nature of superheroes and why they receive such positivity in today’s world as opposed to the history of their banishment and how they have been adapted into some of the top grossing films of all time. An analysis of the types of superheroes will begin the class that will culminate in the discussion of the cultural impact of the genre. Literary analysis will be applied in all facets of discussing these American cultural inventions that reflect their time of creation as well as the modern era.