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ENGL 119 P - Literature of Fantasy

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Introduction to the rich traditions of fantasy writing in world literature. While the commercial category of fantasy post-Tolkien will often be the focal point, individual instructors may choose to focus on alternate definitions of the genre: literatures of the fantastic, the uncanny, and the weird; fantasy before the Enlightenment and the advent of realism; fantasy for young adult or child readers; and so on. Course Information: Same as CWL 119.

Special Instructions:

Topic: Harry Potter and More - When Harry Potter and the Philosopher-s Stone was published in June of 1997, it was largely regarded as a piece of children-s fiction about a ten-year-old orphan boy who discovers he has supernatural powers and goes off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. What then made the Harry Potter novels suddenly transform into a cultural phenomenon that captured the imaginations of both children and adults- Why have these novels become the backbone of a global literary empire- What is the magic behind Harry Potter- In this course, we-ll explore the mythos of the Harry Potter novels and how they-re steeped in a rich tradition of British literature. We-ll focus on social justice and examine the political forces that led to the formation of fantasy literature as a separate genre in the UK and what makes British fantasy novels unique. Our excursion into fantasy literature will reveal how these tales became a covert way to explore the inequalities

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall , Spring


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