Heroes and Villains (First-Year Writing)
Course description: Pop culture’s latest obsession seems to be retelling the villain’s side of the story, altering tales we thought we knew, and providing us with evil protagonists. In this course, we will examine the idea of what it means to be a hero versus a villain in our culture. We will use these ideas to learn how to construct valid arguments, perform research, and examine arguments from both sides.
Heroes/villains in question: Peter Pan, Captain Hook, The Wicked Witch of the West, The Good Witch of the North, The Wizard of Oz, The Evil Queen, Maleficent, Walter White, Frank Underwood, V, (Milton's) Satan
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: Gregory McGuire
Peter Pan: J. M. Barrie
Curious Researcher (CR)
Taught at Belmont University, 2014