ENGLISH 341 - Fantasy
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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How far can you stretch your imagination? This course explores a broad range of fantastical works, drawing from many genres including animé, horror, fairy tales, environmental fantasy, Afrofuturism, magical realism, portal fantasy, and high fantasy. Considering popular works by writers and filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro, Carmen Machado, Kelly Link, Nalo Hopkinson, C.S. Lewis, N.K. Jemisin, Philip K. Dick, Hayao Miyazaki, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Alyssa Wong, we will investigate the cultural and psychological dimensions of fantastical narratives. We will also study common fantasy figures, forms, and tropes, such as the animal helper, the ghost, the portal, the labyrinth, and the voyage narrative. We will discover how they are reconfigured and granted new meanings in various works and contexts. Students will read Octavia Butler’s influential novel Parable of the Sower and will attend a performance of Toshi Reagon’s musical version of the narrative at the University Musical Society on March 25th at 8pm.

Course Requirements:

The 341 course includes a required performance on March 25th at 8pm. The tickets have been purchased.

Canvas discussions, flash fiction assignments, theater review, essay, take-home exam.


ENGLISH 341 - Fantasy
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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