EAC359 - Villains: Explorations of Evil & Villainy

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Subject Title
Villains: Explorations of Evil & Villainy

Subject Description
Welcome to EAC359! The 21st century has witnessed the rise of engaging, complex, even likeable villains. Despite their allure, villains ? both past and present ? are the ?face(s) of evil? in literary and cultural history. But are the terms ?villain? and ?evil? always synonymous? How do we reconcile wicked, often diabolical acts with the enticing draw of the villains themselves? Through an exploration of a number of literary and cultural texts, we will address not only the fundamental problem(s) of evil but also the changing ? or perhaps unchanging ? faces of evil and villainy in varying historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Ultimately, through analyzing complex, sometimes evil, and often charismatic villains, we will consider the prevalence of evil in literature and society, along with our own fascination with wickedness.

Credit Status
One general education credit in the Arts & Humanities category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Through a close analysis of texts, discuss the problem of evil as it has evolved from ancient to contemporary times.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of theories of evil and villains and their manifestations in various literary genres.
  3. Identify the varying representations of evil and villainy in a number of literary / historical periods.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of how and why literary techniques are used to represent villains and evil in texts.
  5. Explain the main characteristics of the villain and how this is influenced and/or changed by different literary and historical contexts.
  6. Explain the connections between theories of evil and the literary villains encountered in our course.
  7. Analyze the parallels and variations between ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary villains.
  8.  Write analytical essays that explore how and why villains remain a central, enduring feature of literature and society.


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