Superheroes 10/30 – Resources for literary theory presentations

Hi Superhero Class,

Here are a bunch of resources for your literary theory presentations. We’ll be working on these Monday and Tuesday with presentations for Thursday/Friday. We’ll draw cards to see who’s presenting what days.

If you’re reading this and for some reason don’t have a group, see me first thing when class starts tomorrow to get assigned to one.

First, here’s my example from Friday: new-historicism-and-xmen

Here’s the rubric. Remember, most of you graded my own presentation somewhere between a B- and a B+ according to our rubric: lit-theory-presentation-rubric-xmen

Here are brief explainers for each school of literary theory. These are just to provide you with some background knowledge. You’ll be expected to do outside research for your presentations. lit-theory-explainers-from-purdue

As for outside research, here are two links for you:
-Here’s one to Clark’s library. I’d use places like Academic OneFile and Jstor to start. You’ll need a Clark ID to get in:
-You all have Worcester Public Library cards now through school, so use their page to access databases as well. Here’s a good place to start:

Here are some resources for your works cited page. This is for electronic sources, which I’m guessing most of you will be using for this project:

Good luck!

Superheroes 10/26 – What makes us human?

Yesterday we worked on an essential question for our study of X-Men, are they human? And more broadly, what makes us human?

We looked at these resources:

If you missed class, choose just one of the six disciplines (theology, biology, sociology, etc.) and write a brief explainer telling me whether or not you believe the X-Men are human or not.

Superheroes 10/24 — Are the X-Men as progressive as we think?

Today we looked at whether or not the X-Men are as strong of an allegory for social change as we keep hearing about.

First, we watched this episode:

On a notecard we wrote down whether or not we agree with the idea that the X-Men are an appropriate vehicle for social change, or if there are problems with them as an allegory for oppressed minority groups. Hand in this notecard if you weren’t in class.

Superheroes 10/20 – Archetypes, duality and Wolverine (Updated 10/23)


In class on Friday we took another look at the reading from below, and focused on these three questions:

  • Who/what is Wolverine?
  • Who/what is Wolverine supposed to be?
  • Are we attracted to archetypes because they are how things are “supposed” to be?

For homework, those of you who didn’t post on Thursday should do so here this weekend. Use those narrowed down questions above to help if you were stuck before.

In class today we talked about the X-Men character Wolverine. We watched a couple of clips from various X-Men movies and filled in some knowledge gaps people unfamiliar with the X-Men might have.

Then, we reviewed some key words from this year: archetype and allegory. We also talked about duality. Remember that from 9th grade Romeo and Juliet?

In class (and now for homework) we read this article: the-best-there-is-wolverine

For homework, answer question #3 that’s on the front page of the reading.