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Re-Enchanting the World: Religion and the Literature of Fantasy
Starting with the premise (articulated by Max Weber and many others) that the "modern" world has become disenchanted, this seminar will deal with the role of folktales, myths, children's stories, science fiction and other literary forms in attempting to re-enchant the world by force of imagination. The course will focus upon the traditional myths and religious themes which frequently are recast in contemporary fantasy literature.
Sample reading list:
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
T.H. White, The Once and Future King
S. Cooper, The Dark is Rising
U. Le Guin, The Wizard of Earth Sea
J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
P.K. Dick, The Divine Invasion
See instructor for complete list
One book a week; a short (2-5 page) precis of each week's reading; a choice of either a final paper or a take home exam.
Other Exam - 40%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.
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