English 3623 – The Literature of Fantasy

This course traces major themes and concepts in fantasy from the pulp writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the present day. Students will focus on works by Robert E. Howard, J. R. R. Tolkein, T. H. White, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and other writers – both well-known and forgotten – as well as their impact on the field. The development and impact of particular ideas in fantasy will be traced as well, from the genre’s roots in Medieval storytelling through its recent spread into other genres. The state of the fantasy publishing field today will also be examined – including the dramatic editorial and demographic shifts of the last 10 years, and important current writers.

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