‘Say My Name’: Anti-Heroes in Popular Television

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Anti-Heroes/Popular Television

Spring 2021

Taught By: Sumita Chakravarty

Section: A

CRN: 8497

Credits: 3

[Tracks C, M, S] How have recent television series endeared flawed or evil characters to the viewer? Why? Walter White in Breaking Bad, Nicholas Brody in Homeland, Dexter's murderous protagonist, Claire Underwood in House of Cards, Rachel Goldberg in UnReal and Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans are only some of the anti-heroes who have peopled the world of television drama. In this course we will address the “problem of evil” as explored by these shows. While the subject of evil is not new on television, it has most commonly appeared in the form of criminal and outlier figures who eventually succumb to the forces of law and order. However, the anti-heroes in recent shows have moved center stage and lead complex inner and outer lives. What sense can we make of this shift in the television landscape? How might we interpret the social and cultural milieus of the characters? What do the shows tell us about attitudes to evil today? How is evil even defined in the glamorized settings of tv drama? Students learn analytical and interpretive skills through interdisciplinary readings in narrative, television, and cultural theory.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:26pm 6/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021