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Undergraduate Course: The Making of Modern Fantasy (ENLI10351)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHow does a genre come into being? In this course we will trace the making of the modern fantasy genre by reading the works - both creative and theoretical - of its founding fathers and mothers.
Course description Fantasy in its widest definition goes back to the beginnings of human literature, and in its narrowest is a publishing category just several decades old. We will adopt the medium-range view and examine texts that are identifiably 'fantastic' in the modern sense, and that are linked together in an attested genealogical chain, but that were mostly written before fantasy emerged as a best-selling type of 'genre fiction' and before it assumed the place in popular culture that it occupies today.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or other interdisciplinary classes, Freshman Year Seminars or composition/creative writing classes/workshops are not considered for admission to this course. Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having 4 literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate competence in core skills in the study of English Literature: independent reading, essay planning and writing, group discussion, oral presentation, and small-group autonomous learning.
  2. By the end of the course a student will be able to critically analyse the generic parameters of fantasy writing.
  3. By the end of the course a student will be able to show knowledge of the seminal literary and disciplinary contexts from which the modern fantasy genre emerged.
  4. By the end of the course a student will be able to reflect critically on the formal and theoretical issues which fantasy writing raises.
  5. By the end of the course a student will be able to engage with the key themes of the founding works of the genre.
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Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour per week for 10 weeks - one-hour autonomous learning group at time to be arranged
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Course organiserDr Anna Vaninskaya
Tel: (0131 6)50 4284
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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