Welcome to English 2343: Studies in Literature
From the Greek hero Odysseus returning from the Trojan Wars to Hunaphu and Xbalanque, the Hero Twins of the ancient Mayas, from Willie Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of Salesman" to General Eisenhower before the Normandy Invasion, the Hero is one of only a handful of defining characters common to every human culture and, as the counterpart to the "Great Earth Mother" figure, is the archetypal image of the man.
The Hero figure, however, manifests himself in literature in a number of different forms and patterns. This course introduces some of the most important, including among others, 1) the tragic hero, 2) the archetypal hero, 3) the Shakespearean Hero 4) the modern hero, 5) the "Pop Culture" hero, and 6) the anti/ironic hero. Additionally, many authors have crafted their own versions of the hero so distinctively as to render their own type, such as the "frontier hero" in the novels of James Fenimore Cooper and ex-patriot heroes of Ernest Hemingway's short stories and European-based novels.
Week 15 studies expand our investigation of the hero to include both men and women in an attempt to move beyond the conventional academic classifications of the hero.
As a distance-learning correspondence course, this section of English 2343 is primarily a readings course. Selections of literature cover the range of the academic hero patterns. Six short written exercises over optional texts will complement the readings. The average of grades awarded for these exercises will determine the final grade in the couse. Periodically, students will have the opportunity to meet informally with the instructor on selected dates to be worked out with the students during the first week of the course.
This site, as well as the course CD-ROM, are produced in HTML in order to facilitate access literally to a world of information about the hero already available on the World Wide Web through the Internet and to developing commentary and additional resources including "Unit Notes," study guides for each week provided by your instructor. To access this information, click on the hyperlinked items in the "Table of Contents" below.
After you have finished most of the assignments for the course, please complete the Online Student Survey. Your responses provide the college valuable information that will help us to improve our distance educational program.
On behalf of the entire staff and faculty, we hope English 2343 will enhance your academic growth and enrich every arena of your life!
Table of Contents
Letter from Your Instructor
The Course Message Board
Online Student Survey
Copyright Compliance Statement
Contact My Professor
Standards for Writing and Evaluating Literary Essays
Mountain View College
Dallas County Community College District
Units of Study
The Study of Literature
The Hero: An Introduction
The Tragic Hero
Oedipus, The King
The Archetypal Hero
Hero With a Thousand Faces
The Archetypal Hero in Classic American Literature
The Shakepearean Hero
The Modern Hero
Three Short Novels
The "Pop Culture" Hero
The "Anti Hero"/Ironic Hero
The Saga of Neddy Merrill
Other Heroes: Mighty Men and Women of
Ideas, Feats, Industry, Sports, and War
The Hero in Review
This page was last modified on September 5, 2003,
and is maintained by Dr. Geoffrey Grimes.