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  1. Heroes hold a special place in our imagination. Names such as Odysseus, Beowulf, and Queen Guinevere summon up mythic legends, while Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Huckleberry Finn are some of the most recognizable figures in all of world literature.

  2. From the beginnings of world literature through today's bestsellers, look at what makes characters successful-and how they reflect our changing cultural mores. For instance, after the horrors of global war in the 20th century, the world was waiting for a hero like Frodo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien's meek hobbit hero, someone called to duty rather ...

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  3. Jan 1, 2014 · My latest scholarly endeavor then is Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature as presented by Professor Thomas A. Shippey. Over the course of 24 lectures, he takes his pupils from the beginning of literature, with the Odyssey and Beowulf, right up to the present with Lisbeth Salandar and Harry Potter.

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  4. Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature is an opportunity to study some of the most memorable and important characters ever created. Taught by Professor Thomas A. Shippey of Saint Louis University—one of the most well-known scholars of J.R.R. Tolkien—these 24 lectures give fresh insight into what makes a hero and ...

  5. Beowulf-a hero with hidden depths. Thor-a very human God. Robin Hood-the outlaw hero. Don Quixote-the first of the Wannabes. Robinson Crusoe-a lone survivor. Elizabeth Bennet-a proper pride. disc 3. Natty Bumppo and Woodrow call-frontier heroes. Uncle Tom-the hero as martyr.

  6. Mar 7, 2014 · From the beginnings of world literature through today's bestsellers, look at what makes characters successful-and how they reflect our changing cultural mores. For instance, after the horrors of global war in the 20th century, the world was waiting for a hero like Frodo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien's meek hobbit hero, someone called to duty rather ...

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  8. Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza ...

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