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English 2275

Thematic Approaches to Literature: The Hero Quest

Rebecca Fast

Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: GE Lit

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
Mythology: Voyage of the Hero THIRD EDITION David Adams Leeming Oxford UP 0-19-511957 Paperback
Gilgamesh Mason Houghton Mifflin 0-618-27564-9 Paperback
Antigone Sophocles, translated by Paul Woodruff Hacket 0-87220-571-1 Paperback
The Things They Carried O'Brien Broadway 0-7679-0289-0 paperback

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: To increase understanding and appreciation for literary works of different types, as they relate to a common theme of the archetypal hero.

Course Content: Reading and discussing mythology and works relating to Joseph Campbell's definition of the Hero Quest. A folder of homework assignments based on reading, as well as 2 short essays.

Method of Presentation: Lecture, discussion, written homework assignments based on reading.

Method of Evaluation: Short responses; archetypal analysis of a film; another analytical paper; attendance and participation.


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