Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG239H1S - L5101

ENG239H1S  L5101  W6-9
Fantasy & Horror 
Dr.
M. Johnstone
Office Telephone:
416-978-6768
Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 803
Email: m.johnstone@utoronto.ca  

Brief Description of Course:
This course will explore how works of fantasy and horror speculate and comment upon the human condition by turning to the mysterious and the monstrous, the fantastic and the supernatural. We will focus specifically on how fantasy and horror confront the boundaries between real and unreal, mundane and magical, self and Other, familiar and strange as a means of addressing themes such as abjection, heroism, identity, power, race, sex/gender, and more. An important question we will consider in the course is, thus, why such narratives have been and remain significant and desired reflections of individual and social, as well as psychological and ideological, experience.

Required Reading: Four novels to be determined; selection of short stories from a course reader (to be determined).

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, group work.

Method of Evaluation: Essay #1 (20%); essay #2 (40%); quiz #1 (5%);  quiz (10%); in-class test (25%).

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