Fantasy and Ecology

Course Number: ENGL 122FE
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 122AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2020
Instructor: Shewry, Teresa
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: GIRV 1116

This course explores how fantasy literature and film imagines the life we share with others, human and nonhuman. Focusing on modern and contemporary works from Britain and beyond, we will consider how fantasy looks beyond what seems most obvious and ordinary and allows for different ways of relating to the world in which we live. We will also examine fantasy’s concern to create beings and ecosystems that do not exist in this world. After exploring the pastoral landscapes and lively beings of several works of classical fantasy, we will ask how more recent works engage complex issues such as climate change by interweaving fantasy, science fiction, fairytales, horror, and other genres. As well as drawing on the scholarly field of literature and the environment, this course will consider the potential meanings of the concepts of fantasy, imagination, and the real.