A Matter of Course
CMAT 333/ENGL 333: Media Genres: Media Marvels
WHO: Arnold T. Blumberg, M.A. ’96, D.C.D. ’04, adjunct faculty, a comic book historian and former curator of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore
WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m., spring 2015
WHAT: Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and more are the biographical subjects of this conversation-based, undergraduate-level course that orbits around the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the shared setting for Marvel’s cast of superheroes.
Think superheroes are child’s play? Not so, says the syllabus: “Why are all these colorful, crusading heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe more popular than ever? What do they tell us about ourselves as individuals and as a nation, from their comic book arrival in the late 1930s to their present-day incarnations on the big and small screens? … We’ll explore how and why the Marvel superheroes are some of the most powerful symbols in our world today and a modern chronicle of our high-flying aspirations and darkest fears.”
While an individual class might focus on Thor, the course explores how popular culture reflects and influences people’s everyday lives.
REQUIRED READING: Marvel: The Untold Story (Howe)
REQUIRED WATCHING (A SELECTION):
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)