Literature of Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

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This week we will be discussing the topic of witches and female archetypes in speculative fiction. The featured novel for this week is Aunt Mariah by Diana Wynne Jones. This is a reasonably short novel that has a very interesting version of the archetypal war between men and women. Alternatively you might like to read Equal Rites, the third volume of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and a reasonable first book to read in the series if you haven't read any others.

A book that takes a sort of witches approach to the Arthurian legend is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley which looks at some of the mystic legends that underpin the idea of witches. This is a long novel but a master work of mythic feminism. 

In class we may read several fairy tales both traditional and contemporary and look towards ways to develop better responses to the reading of them. This week's focus will be on improving written responses. Please bring your notebook computer to class. Next class we will begin reading and talking about Fantasy Fiction. The featured text for next week is J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. 

Link to this week's assignment on the syllabus

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