01 MTH3 CAC 18535 JACKSON SC-101
Brave New Worlds: Modern Fantasy Fiction, 1930-Present
We will study some of the seminal works and writers of twentieth-century fantasy, from J. R. R. Tolkien, Susan Cooper, and Ursula K. Le Guin, to Madeleine L’Engle, George R. R. Martin, J. K. Rowling, and Neil Gaiman. What have been the genre’s key influences, and how has it developed? How have fantasy works reflected broader historical and cultural trends? Which critical approaches can help us to better understand the effects and implications of key works? And how can we understand the wildly divergent reactions that fantasy has generated, from critical neglect and accusations of “escapism” on the one hand, to intense fan loyalty and identification on the other?