21W.758 | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Genre Fiction Workshop: Fantasy

Reading List

Week 1: Why do we love fantasy?
1 Why do we love fantasy? Why is it one of the most popular and enduring genres across platforms? No assigned readings
Week 2: Foundations of Mythos
2 Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Commemorative edition with a new introduction by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. Princeton University Press, 2004, pp. 28–36; 227–228; 358–362. ISBN: 9780691119243.

Butler-Bowden, Tom. “The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious.” In 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books. Nicholas Brealey, 2006. ISBN: 9781857883862. [Preview with Google Books]

3 Campbell, Jung, and Gaimen

Rauch, Stephan. Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth.Wildside Press, 2003, pp. 13–37. ISBN: 9781592242122. [Preview with Google Books]

Gaiman, Neil. The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House. Reprint edition. Vertigo, 2010. ISBN: 9781401227999. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 3: Arthur and the Ur-Mythos
4 Concept of the Central Mythos and the Matter of Kingship No assigned readings
5 Within and Byond the Mythos (Tolkien, Martin, etc.) No assigned readings
Week 4: Using Mythos
6 Alternative views of Mythos Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. Del Ray, 1984. ISBN: 9780345350497. [Preview with Google Books]
7 Exercises Listen to the following songs on YouTube:

Group 1:

Group 2:

Week 5: Fantasyland!
8 Warping our world

Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel’s Dart. Reprint edition. Tor Books, 2015. ISBN: 9780765379726.

Bring to class:

Jones, Diana Wynn. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel. Revised and updated edition. Firebird, 2006. ISBN: 9780142407226.

9 Fantasyland world building, cliché’s and cultures No assigned readings
Week 6: Fantastyland! cont.
10 Fantasyland 201—Not your Medieval World! Urban, Dark, and Gaslight Powers, Tim. Expiration Date. Gollancz, 2015. ISBN: 9781473211988.
Week 7: Magic
11 Playing by the Rules No assigned readings
12 The World and Its Magic No assigned readings
Week 8: Magic cont.
13 Magic changes History Novik, Naomi. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1). Reissue edition. Del Ray, 2006. ISBN: 9780345481283. [Preview with Google Books]
14 Multiplicity No assigned readings
Weeks 9–13: Workshops
15–23 Workshop No assigned readings
Week 14: Mostly Workshop
24 Workshop No assigned readings
25 Special Topics/Discussion No assigned readings
Week 15: Finis
26 More discussion of the professional world; other related areas: horror, romantic fantasy, etc. No assigned readings
Course Info
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Fall 2016
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