Course Calendar

Contemporary British SciFi and Fantasy


"FAIRYTALES DO NOT TELL CHILDREN THAT DRAGONS EXIST; CHILDREN ALREADY KNOW THAT DRAGONS EXIST. FAIRYTALES TELL CHILDREN THAT DRAGONS CAN BE KILLED."



G.K. CHESTERTON



"I HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO ANYONE WHO CRITICIZED MY TASTE IN SPACE TRAVEL, SIDESHOWS, OR GORILLAS.

RAY BRADBURY


Genres and Gods

Thursday, January 9: Introduction; discussion of genre


Tuesday, January 14: Genre theory -- discuss "Introduction to Genre Theory"


Thursday, January 16: Discuss assignment; begin American Gods


Tuesday, January 21: American Gods


Thursday, January 23: American Gods


Tuesday, January 28: American Gods


Thursday, January 30: American Gods


"So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky."


Philip Pullman

Marginalization and Difference

Tuesday, February 4: Discuss findings of genre assignment; begin Zoo City


Thursday, February 6: Zoo City


Tuesday, February 11: Zoo City


Thursday, February 13: Zoo City


"I AM PUTTING MYSELF TO THE FULLEST POSSIBLE USE, WHICH IS ALL THAT I THINK ANY CONSCIOUS ENTITY can hope to do."


HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Space and Loneliness

Tuesday, February 18: Moon


Thursday, February 20: Moon


"Allons-y!"


The Doctor

Fandom

Tuesday, February 25: Doctor Who; discuss fandom assignment; pick essays for your group


Thursday, February 27: pick an episode of Doctor Who, watch, and discuss why it is a fan favorite


Tuesday, March 4: Doctor Who


Thursday, March 6: Doctor Who


Tuesday, March 11: Spring Break


Thursday, March 13: Spring Break


Tuesday, March 18: Doctor Who

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world."


Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language and Alienation

Thursday, March 20: Embassytown; discuss mock conference project


Tuesday, March 25: Embassytown


Thursday, March 27: Embassytown


Tuesday, April 1: Embassytown


Thursday, April 3: Fandom Project presentations

"STORIES YOU READ WHEN YOU'RE THE RIGHT AGE NEVER QUITE LEAVE YOU. ...IF A STORY TOUCHES YOU IT WILL NEVER QUITE LEAVE YOU, HAUNTING THE PLACE YOUR MIND RARELY VISITS."

NEIL GAIMAN


YA (?) Meta Fantasy (?)

Tuesday, April 8: Among Others; George and Molly present fandom projects


Thursday, April 10: Among Others


Tuesday, April 15: Among Others


THursday, April 17: Easter break

"I WOULD ALWAYS RATHER BE HAPPY THAN DIGNIFIED."

CHARLOTTE BRONTE


Comic Fantasy (?) /Science Fiction (?)

Tuesday, April 22: The Eyre Affair


Thursday, April 24: The Eyre Affair


Tuesday, April 29: The Eyre Affair


Thursday, May 1: Review and Reflection




Final Exam

FINAL EXAM: MONDAY, MAY 5 AT 8:00 AM