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ENGS 040 – The Evolution of Modern Fantas

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Subjects vary by semester. Representative topics: Tolkien's Middle Earth; The Hobbit; Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy. May be repeated for credit with different content.

Section Description: Students in this course will survey fantasy literature in English from its beginnings in the eighteenth century through the post Harry Potter world of the twenty first century. We will explore how fantasy emerged out of a creative dialogue with pre-modern magical narratives (such as the Arabian Nights, the Arthurian legends, and the legendary Icelandic sagas), began to assume a recognizable shape in the Victorian period, and metamorphosed into a bestselling genre in the decades following the Tolkien explosion of the 1960s. We will examine how works from the past nearly three centuries came to embody the themes and tropes of modern fantasy, and where they stood in the worlds they grew out of.

CRN: 15597

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 30/35

Days Time Location
MWF 09:40 - 10:30 LAFAYETTE HALL L107

Instructor(s): James Thomas Williamson

Meeting Dates: 14 Jan 2019 - 03 May 2019