Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Ursula LeGuin and Octavia Butler are two of America's foremost Science Fiction and Fantasy authors. In this course we will read works by them that include fantastic tales of wizardry; human abductions to alien generation ships; alternative histories; interplanetary study; and an amnesiac vampire who must discover her past and survive the present.
Power, transformation, and prejudice are themes that these authors explore in their texts.
Texts for study will include short stories, novels, and critical essays.
Texts may include:
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula LeGuin.
Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula LeGuin.
Lavinia, Ursula LeGuin.
Voices, Ursula LeGuin.
Kindred, Octavia Butler.
Dawn, Octavia Butler.
Parable of the Sower: A Novel, Octavia Butler.
Fledgling, Octavia Butler.
“On Fairy-Stories.” J. R. R. Tolkein 1939/1947.
“The Critics, The Monsters, and the Fantasists,” Ursula LeGuin (.pdf)
“Blood Child,” Octavia Butler (.pdf)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Requirements will likely include:
Weekly reading responses (250-350 words)
Final paper or creative project
Active class participation