Literature of Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Course Blog for LMST345 Ringling College of Art

This week we are reading a novel by Brandon Sanderson, one of the current generation's better fantasy writers. The novel is Warbreaker and besides being built on the usual conventions of the genre, many conventions being reversed or surprisingly twisted, it also makes use of structures and motifs that seem perfect for gaming, as if the novel is also being constructed as a gaming platform. We want to take a look this week at the interrelationship between gaming and the fantasy genre, the ways in which gaming has affected the development of new conventions in fantasy and how the fantasy novel as world maker is expanding genre elements across media. 

We will also be looking at the concept of the "heterotopic" mirror and the nature of fantasy in its current cultural context. Please remember to bring your blog up to date this week, I will be submitting mid-term grades on the weekend before class.

Here is a link to Michel Foucault's introduction to heterotopic mirrors.

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