Themes in Literature: Science-Fiction and Fantasy

English 1160
Science-Fiction and Fantasy
Section 5
Megan Abrahamson
Arts and Science 308

This course will give a broad view of science fiction and fantasy literature (SFF), from the dragons and elves of medieval literature, through the speculative “science” of the Victorian period, to some of the most popular films and television programs of today. We will define fantasy and science fiction—and discuss whether or not they are actually part of one genre. Why are humans so interested in the fantastic and the fictional? Do we read (or watch movies) for entertainment or escape? What can SFF tell us about the “real” world that other literature cannot? Probable texts may include: The Saga of the Volsungs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frankenstein, Left Hand of Darkness, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.