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HENB0114EU  English - Elective 3, topic 2: Literature of the Fantastic Volume 2016/2017

Course information

LanguageEnglish
Credit7,5 ECTS
LevelBachelor
Duration1 semester
Placement
Spring
Schedule
See link to schedule
Study boardStudy board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Course responsible
  • Robert William Jensen-Rix (5-746c746b7a426a776f306d7730666d)
Saved on the 12-04-2016
Education

Engelsk

Content

The course offers a historical survey of fantasy and fantastic literature. The fantastic has always been popular with readers, although it was for a long time considered to be a substandard mode of literature. Since J.R.R. Tolkien, however, it has become a major publishing phenomenon. We will examine the history and conventions of fantasy writing through discussions of notable examples of the genre – from the monster tale Beowulf to Game of Thrones. We will chart the fantasy subgenres (such as gothic fantasy, lost-world fantasy and portal fantasy), while exploring a range of seminal critical approaches to the fantastic. A general question we will raise with many of the texts is how the uses of the fantastic can be seen to reflect contemporary preoccupations and cultural anxieties. Among the authors we will read are Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Arthur Conan Doyle and J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Teaching and learning methods
Class instruction
Exam
Credit7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assesment

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Workload
CategoryHours
Preparation162,75
Lectures42
Total 204,75
Saved on the 12-04-2016

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