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.