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.