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GUST English Language and Literature (GELL)

GUST English Language and Literature (GELL)

Heroes, Anti-Heroes, and Villains:

Student Competition March 14th-15th 2018

This year’s special Student Symposium will examine the role of ‘heroes’ and villains today. The word ‘hero’ in its oldest sense refers to a ‘man of super powers.’ The emphasis here is both on ‘man’ and ‘super’ – beyond the boundaries of ordinary. We want to consider the usage of both literary and real heroes/heroines today. What does literature and popular culture have to say about these extraordinary journeys? What moral and/or physical characteristics are explored? We are looking for both literary commentaries and personal responses to the concept of heroes, anti-heroes, and villains.

Participation is open to all students from ANY English or humanities major across Kuwait.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • literary heroic characters in classics
  • fairy-tales and their heroes, anti-heroes, and villains
  • literary heroic characters in children’s or Young Adult literature
  • the concept of heroism
  • real life heroic characters
  • East/West cultural perspectives on heroes and villains
  • gender and heroism
  • race and heroism
  • Anti-heroes: the ‘bad guy’ in popular culture and literature.
  • Villains in comic books, movies, and Television series
  • Game of Thrones and heroism
  • Harry Potter and heroism
  • Digital Humanities and heroism
  • The Humanities as a Hero who saves students: how and why? Personal responses are particularly welcome.
  • Popularity of Anti-heroes and villains today.
  • Universality of heroism
  • The written or spoken word (text or spoken word poetry) as a hero.
  • artists, Poets, Journalists as Heroes


Abstracts Due: January 17th, 2018

Email: [email protected]

Students send a 150 word proposal detailing their presentation and/or paper. Please provide a brief biography including major and school you currently attend.