Worlds of Fantasy


Essay #2 Assignment

For this assignment, you must select any fantasy novel (or series of short novels) and write a research paper that employs one or more of the critical perspectives used in this course, such as:

  • Use and function of mythological, religious, or legendary source materials.
  • Archetypal criticism (C. G. Jung’s theories, Joseph Cambell, the monomyth, etc.)
  • Genre studies (high fantasy, sword and sorcery, medievalism, “On Fairy Stories,” etc.)
  • Structuralism and/or Deconstruction

The essay must be about 4-6 pages long (1000-1500 words) in MLA Format (typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point font). The essay is due on December 8.

You must e-mail me a proposal by Friday, November 21, which includes the title(s) of the fantasy novel(s) chosen and the critical perspective(s) you will focus on in your analysis.


Schedule Updated

I have updated the course schedule, according to the revised Academic Calendar.


Resources on Jung and Archetypes

This link explains several Jungian Archetypes: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

This concisely describes Jung’s model of the Psyche: http://www.thesap.org.uk/jung-s-model-of-the-psyche

This resource has several visual models of the Psyche: http://www.schuelers.com/ChaosPsyche/part_1_17.htm

Enjoy!


Resources on Jung and Archetypes

This link explains several Jungian Archetypes: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

This concisely describes Jung’s model of the Psyche: http://www.thesap.org.uk/jung-s-model-of-the-psyche

This resource has several visual models of the Psyche: http://www.schuelers.com/ChaosPsyche/part_1_17.htm

Enjoy!


Resources on Jung and Archetypes

This link explains several Jungian Archetypes: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

This concisely describes Jung’s model of the Psyche: http://www.thesap.org.uk/jung-s-model-of-the-psyche

This resource has several visual models of the Psyche: http://www.schuelers.com/ChaosPsyche/part_1_17.htm

Enjoy!


Resources on Jung and Archetypes

This link explains several Jungian Archetypes: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/jung.html

This concisely describes Jung’s model of the Psyche: http://www.thesap.org.uk/jung-s-model-of-the-psyche

This resource has several visual models of the Psyche: http://www.schuelers.com/ChaosPsyche/part_1_17.htm

Enjoy!


Resource on the Monomyth

This is a useful diagram and resource on the monomyth: http://faculty.pcc.edu/~mmcdowel/eng240fall03/eng240campbellmonomyth.pdf

Enjoy!


Important Schedule Changes

Week 14: Archetypal Criticism

  • November 3: General Election Recess – No classes
  • 5: Recess – No classes
  • 6 (Thursday): Last day to drop classes.
  • 7: Presentations on Evangeline Walton and Patricia A. McKillip.

Week 15: Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

  • 12: Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapters TBA
  • 14: Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapters TBA

Guidelines for Presentations on American Fantasy Writers

Here are the guidelines for the presentations this week:

  • The presentations should be about 15 minutes in length should include:
  • a brief biography
  • a brief bibliography and discussion of his/her literary contributions to fantasy
  • a reading and discussion of a representative excerpt from their writing.
  • I will create a forum topic titled Fantasy Writers for each group to post the material from the presentation.

I apologize for the delay on posting these guidelines.


Reading Schedule for “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

The schedule has been updated as follows:

  • 17: Read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters 1-5
  • 20:┬áRead The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters 6-11
  • 22:┬áRead The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters12-16

Enjoy!