ENGL S-257. Superheroes and Power

Instructor: Stephanie Burt, PhD
Day & Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00–3:00pm (EDT)
Summer 7-week session | CRN 35152
Limited to 50 Students

What makes superheroes popular? How can they help us think about power, belonging, queerness, race, citizenship, art, or disability? In this course we explore those questions in Marvel and DC favorites (especially the X-Men) as well as in older literature, independent comics, novels, and readings from several critical disciplines.

This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Harvard College students: this course counts for the Aesthetics and Culture Gen Ed requirement and is equivalent to Gen Ed 1165. It does not count for the College's divisional distribution requirement.