Pagan Roots of Pop Culture: Superheroes & the Gods

Class Description: Superheroes have many similarities to the Gods and contemporary Pagans may find it interesting to analyze the spiritual roots of these pop culture personalities, particularly at a time when a resurgence of these heroes has been happening not only in the printed form but also in television and film. Utilizing Ben Saunders book Do The Gods Wear Capes we will look at 4 heroes in particular: Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Iron Man, noticing the influence of myth, spirituality and religious tradition in forming these heroes to understand how Paganism has influenced pop culture historically.

Alison Beyer, MFA

Instructor: Alison Beyer, MFA
Required Texts: 
Do The Gods Wear Capes?: Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes (New Directions in Religion and Literature)
Class Meetings: none, all online, week of Feb 5 – week of Mar 4

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