A variable topics workshop in the writing of fiction. Topics will vary from semester to semester and may include "Fairytales, Folklore, Fantasy, and Fright," "Persona," "Experiments in Fiction," and more.
ENGL 306: Topics in Fiction
Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Fright
Instructor: Amber Dermont
In this class we will read, discuss and analyze a variety of classical and contemporary genres in order to compose and revise our own adaptations of classical fairy tales or horror stories and our own fantasy or science fiction stories.
We will consider the historical contexts that inform each genre and we will consider how our own stories might raise questions about the current state of morality, technology, ethics and political disenfranchisement and reveal necessary truths about our post-post-modern culture. We will create speculative worlds and we will define the codes, procedures and magic that prevail over these strange, new lands.