‘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 2019

Taught By: Sumita Chakravarty

Section: A

CRN: 7140

Credits: 3

[Tracks S, M, C] How do television programs endear evil characters to the viewer? Why? Walter White in Breaking Bad, Nicholas Brody in Homeland, Frank Underwood in House of Cards, Rachel Goldberg in UnReal and Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans are only some recent examples of anti-heroes who have peopled the world of television drama. In this course we will address the “problem of evil” as explored by these and other 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: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 10:51am 6/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019