Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Towner, Theresa
Discipline and Number
LIT 3311 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Oz, Narnia, Hogwarts

Description of Course:

Course Description and Requirements

In 1900, the jack-of-all trades L. Frank Baum published a novel that would rock the world of children’s literature. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz introduced a young girl from Kansas to a land populated by Munchkins, Quadlings, Winkies, Hammerheads, witches, china people, and talking field mice. Readers of all ages so besieged Baum with requests for “more stories about Dorothy” and Oz that he obliged them in 1904 with The Marvelous Land of Oz and, eventually, twelve other novels chronicling that land and various characters’ travels through it. The century that would end with the ubiquitous Harry Potter books, films, websites, and fanzines thus began with a similarly popular, multimedia development of a magical world for children. In between, C.S. Lewis invented Narnia. This course uses these three invented spaces as metaphors for the operation of the human imagination. Baum and Lewis wrote self-conscious “fairy tales,” and Rowling assumes the guise of realism in the creation of the wizarding world; but all three initiate readers into coherent cultural systems that both parallel and challenge our own. Course requirements include regular attendance; active participation; three hour-long examinations and a final project.

Required Texts:

Texts: The following editions are REQUIRED:

L. Frank Baum, ed. Jack Zipes, The Wonderful World of Oz (Penguin, ISBN 0141180854))
L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz (Dover, ISBN 0486206920)
C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (HarperCollins, ISBN 0060765453)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Scholastic, ISBN 059035342X)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Scholastic, ISBN 0439136369)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Scholastic, ISBN 0439358078)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Scholastic, ISBN 0439785960)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

See description above

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