Powers Beyond the Ordinary: ‘Super’ Women and Men in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Starts on the Date/Time - Jan 27 2017 - 9:15 am - 10:15 am

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Science Fiction and Fantasy stories have many characters who stick out compared to others because they have more magic, different powers, unique abilities.  Are they hidden or revealed? Are they accepted, worshipped or reviled? How much difference does there have to be for a person to get noticed? We will look at how these characters are treated by the worlds in which they are set and reflect on what, if anything, this says about the society in which we live. We’ll look at settings such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the X-Men, as well as many other works – well known and uncommon, film and literature. During the final two sessions, students will have a chance to present their own stories about one of the characters and worlds we discussed or their own creation.

GHFOInstructor: Josh Shainesuperheroes

5-10 students, 13+ years and older

Time: Fridays 9:15-10:15 am Pacific.

Weekly. Jan 23 - May 9, 2017. Spring Break TBD by instructor.

Class Registration Fee: $245.00 (GHF Members receive a $15 discount off of each class they sign up for)

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Week 1: Introduction: Mutants, Wizards, and Geniuses

Week 2: The Uncanny X-Men

Week 3: Harry, Hermione, and the Potterverse

Week 4: Diane Duane’s Young Wizardssuperheroes

Week 5: Luke, Yoda, Anakin, and Rey

Week 6: Stephanie Tolan’s Welcome to the Ark

Week 7: Designing Meta-humans: How much power is too much?

Week 8: Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic

Week 9: Superman vs. Batman: What makes a superhero?

Week 10: Sherlock Holmessuperheroes

Week 11: Ideas from Class Discussion

Week 12: John Hersey’s The Child Buyer

Week 13: Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game

Week 14: Comparison and Contrastsuperheroes

Week 15: Class Presentations




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