Legends: The Scarlet Pimpernel - Secret Identities and Fictional Heroes

The Scarlet Pimpernel, secret identity of dandy Sir Percy Blakeney, began rescuing aristos from the guillotine in 1905, launching many other fictional heroes: Zorro, the Saint, and Batman, amongst others. But the hero with a secret identity goes even further back in history and folklore. Join us to look investigate these adventure stories, the times they represent, and why they are always popular.


SUGGESTED READING

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
  • Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
  • The Saint, Leslie Charteris
  • The Curse of Capistrano (Mark of Zorro), Johnston McCulley
  • Dr Syn: a Tale of the Romney Marsh, Russell Thorndike
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Raffles, E. W. Hornung


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Scarlet Pimpernel: Baroness Orczy, Historical context, Sequels, Screen adaptations
  • Before: Odysseus, Nakamura Jirokichi, Maid Marian, Ivanhoe, The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Literature, history, and folklore: Historical figures, Follkloric connections
  • Some real life examples
  • Negative secret identities: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Moriarty, Raffles
  • Dr Syn: Historical context, Russell Thorndike, Screen adaptations, Sequels
  • Zorro: Historical context, Johnston McCulley, Screen adaptations, Sequels
  • The Saint: Historical context, Leslie Charteri, Screen adaptations, Sequels
  • Superman: Historical context, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Significance


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should able to:

  1. Outline the evolution of the Secret Identity trope.
  2. List some significant characters, works, and authors of Secret identity stories.
  3. List some screen adaptations of these stories.
  4. Describe some real life examples of people using secret identities.
  5. Describe some negative examples of secret identities in literature.
  6. Identify some of the antecedents of characters with secret identities in legends, folktales and history.
  7. Account for the significance and popularity of Secret identity stories, and how that has risen and fallen at particular times.
  8. Evaluate the quality of various Secret Identity stories.
  9. Discuss how screen adaptations have interpreted literary Secret Identity stories.
  10. Assess the ways this trope has been used in various works.
  11. Want to read significant books that used this trope.
  12. Want to watch some screen adaptations.
$75 Limited / $68

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