Worlds of Fantasy


Schedule

Note: This schedule is subject to change. Several entries will be completed, and reading materials will be added over the course of the semester.

Week 1: Startup

  • August 8: First day of classes. Introduction to the course.

Week 2: George MacDonald, Phantastes

Week 3: Background Inspirations

  • 18: Presentations on Celtic Mythology and Faerie
  • 20: Class cancelled
  • 22: Lecture by Dr. Nickolas Haydock

Week 4: William Morris, The Wood Beyond the World

Week 5: William Morris, The Wood Beyond the World

Week 6: E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros

Week 7: Lord Dunsay, The King of Elfland’s Daughter

  • 15: E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros, Chapters 23-33
  • 17: Lord Dunsay, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, Chapters 1-9
  • 19: Lord Dunsay, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, Chapters 10-18

Week 8: Defining the Genre

  • 21: Lord Dunsay, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, Chapters 19-34
  • 24: Midterm Exam handed out.
  • 26: Midterm Exam due.

Week 9: Welcome to Middle Earth

  • 29:Intro to Tolkien. Read “Leaf by Niggle.” Essay #1 due.
  • October 1: Read The Hobbit, Chapters 1-3
  • 3: Read The Hobbit, Chapters 4-6

Week 10: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

  • 6: Read The Hobbit, Chapters 7-10
  • 8: Read The Hobbit, Chapters 11-14
  • 10: Read The Hobbit, Chapters 15-19

Week 11: The Inklings

  • 13: Holiday – Dia de la Raza
  • 15: “On Fairy-Stories.” (See main blog for link to reading material.)
  • 17: Read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters 1-5

Week 12: C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • 20: Read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters 6-11
  • 22: Read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Chapters12-16
  • 24: Class cancelled.

Week 13: American Fantasy Writers

  • 27: Presentations on Robert E. Howard and James Branch Cabell
  • 29: Presentations on Roger Zelasny and Michael Moorcock
  • 31:

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 1-5
  • 14: Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapters 6-10

Week 16: Samuel R. Delany, Tales of Neveryon

Week 17: Samuel R. Delany, Tales of Neveryon

  • 24: Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Gorgik”
  • 26: Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Old Venn,”
  • 28: Thanksgiving Recess

Week 18: Contemporary Fantasy

  • December 1: Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Small Sarg,”
  • 3: Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Potters and Dragons,”
  • 5: Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers.”

Week 1: Shutdown

  • 8: Last day of class. Final Essay due.