Superheroes 3/27 – Researching for your presentations

Last week we worked on our presentations which will be on Thursday and Friday. Here’s the rubric: Lit theory rubric XMen
Here’s my example presentation: new-historicism-and-xmen
Here are the explainer sheets: Lit theory presentation rubric and supplies for SoS
Here’s the pdf of the book: god-loves-man-kills-pdf

Remember, we’re trying to use only solid sources: do your best to use use Google Scholar (don’t forget to use the advanced search) or another database search (Jstor, Academic OneFile) to find journals or book excerpts for your presentation. Divide up the work among your group! There are four parts to the presentation.


Superheroes 3/20 – Othering

Today in class we talked about “othering” – alienating a person or group of people because of the perception that they’re fundamentally different. You already have an idea about X-Men as a modern day allegory, so now we’re looking at whether or not people today are using the same techniques today as we see in the book.

First, we went over the homework questions from yesterday.

Then we watched the old Twilight Zone episode “Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” which you can find here if you missed it:

We talked about how this episode connects to othering, and what it might’ve been an allegory for when it was broadcast in 1951. Then, we took those same questions and applied it to our X-Men book, especially after talking about this Marvel advertisement for X-Men from the 1980s:

No homework tonight, but make sure you have some idea in your head about how we’re seeing othering and allegory in X-Men.

Superheroes 3/17 – Allegory and starting X-Men: God Loves Man Kills

Today we talked more about allegory. Allegory is a story that uses symbols to create a story with a political or social moral. In cases like the book Animal Farm, allegory allows an author to bring up a complicated idea in an easily digestible (or even hidden) manner.

We watched two film clips that illustrated how the animosity between humans and mutants in X-Men can be allegorical to racism/segregation and gay rights:


After, we started reading God Loves, Man Kills. Over the weekend, please read chapters 1 & 2. god-loves-man-kills-pdf (page 29 of the pdf).

For Monday, use evidence from class, Plato’s Ring story, and/or the book that turns God Loves, Man Kills (or its characters) into an allegory for modern times. Where do you see connections between the book and our world?

Superheroes 3/16 – What is allegory

Hi guys, sorry for posting this a day late.

Yesterday we worked with Dr. Seuss books to come up with a definition of “allegory.” An allegory is a story that uses symbolism to make a political or moral statement.

We talked about why it would be important to understand allegory especially when reading comic books/superhero stories.

Then we moved up to Plato and read his allegory of a shepherd who finds a powerful ring. This was the homework: Plato’s ring

Superheroes 11/7 – What do these lenses reveal?

Superhero class,

Now that you’ve seen five presentations (as well as your own) on different lenses literary scholars use to analyze literature, it’s time for you to put into writing what details, questions or conclusions your classmates came to that you wouldn’t have thought of.

In case you need a reminder, here were the lenses we studied in class:
-Psychoanalytical (Freudian)
-Jungian (archetypes)

In the comments below, explain how one of these groups revealed an aspect to the X-Men and/or God Loves, Man Kills that wouldn’t have occurred to you otherwise. In another paragraph explain why scholars might align themselves to a prescribed literary lens when analyzing and writing about literature.