Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines literature described as “weird” and “fantastic.” We will follow the depiction of transformation, hybridity, and time in stories. We will be looking back to Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, and the incredibly influential H. P. Lovecraft corpus. Then we will trace the threads of the strange forward, examining magical realist stories from writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Lastly we will read contemporary fantasy texts, and fiction of the “New Weird”—texts by authors like Caitlin Kiernan, Karen Russell, China Mieville, and Neil Gaiman.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements may include reading quizzes and short papers. Students may choose to work on a creative project for course credit. Engaged class participation and attendance is vital, because discussion of texts and related topics are central to the work of the course.