Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I've radically reimagined my Fantasy Fiction course the 2nd time I'm teaching it here at Fredonia. In a nutshell, it's organized by trios of major novels from different periods that speak to each other in interesting ways. We start with Alice, Dorothy, and September, move on to Middle-Earth, Narnia, and Lyra's Oxford, then go to magic school, and close by seeing if Samuel R. Delany, George R.R. Martin, and N.K. Jemisin can help us figure out what we think about "critical fantasy." So happy that the September 1st issue of Time features Lev Grossman's essay on the 21st C fantasy boom. My end-of-semester reward will be watching the 3rd movie in The Hobbit trilogy and finally reading the 3rd novel in his Magicians trilogy! No spoilers in comments, please.