Superhero Theory (ARTHIST 120, ARTHIST 320, FILMEDIA 120, FILMEDIA 320)

AMSTUD
120B
Instructors
Wasserman, M. (TA)
Bukatman, S. (PI)
Section Number
1
With their fantastic powers, mutable bodies, multiple identities, complicated histories, and visual dynamism, the American superhero has been a rich vehicle for fantasies (and anxieties) for 80+ years across multiple media: comics, film, animation, TV, games, toys, apparel. This course centers upon the body of the superhero as it incarnates allegories of race, queerness, hybridity, sexuality, gendered stereotypes/fluidity, politics, vigilantism, masculinity, and monstrosity. They also embody a technological history that encompasses industrial, atomic, electronic, bio-genetic, and digital.
Undergraduate
Grading
Letter (ABCD/NP)
Requirements
WAY-A-II
Units
3-5
Academic Year
Quarter
Spring
Section Days
Tuesday Thursday
Start Time
11:30 AM
End Time
1:00 PM