Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Starnaman, Sabrina
Discipline and Number
LIT 3317 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Weird

Description of Course:

From H. P. Lovecraft to China Mieville, this course explores The Weird, dark fantasy, and the New Weird. This course will cover the last hundred years of weird fiction from its early beginnings in Weird Tales magazine. We will discuss the social context of the fiction, conventions of genre, and literary history. Students will be expected to use this historical and literary knowledge to write analytically about the short stories and novels. We will also try our hands at creating our own weird fiction. Be prepared for an exploration of dark, creepy, and horrific.

Required Texts:

Readings may include:

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, editors. (2011)
Claimed, Francis Stevens. (1920)
Kraken, China Mieville. (2010)
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Jeff VanderMeer. (2013)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Course requirements will likely include:
Reading Quizzes
Weekly writing responses and creative exercises based on the readings
Midterm and final take-home essay exams
Regular Attendance
Active course participation

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