Online Courses

For the last few years, I’ve taught online versions of my science fiction and fantasy courses during the summer for the continuing education department of the University of Connecticut. The courses are similar in content to the traditional courses, but contain.

Usually I’ll teach online version of the SF and fantasy courses in the summer as well.

For those interested in how I structure my courses (as well as for prospective students), here are the most recent versions of each course:

English 217 – The Literature of Science Fiction

This course traces major themes and concepts in science fiction from the Golden Age writers of the 1930s, through the New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s, to the present day. Students will focus on works by Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, LeGuin, and other writers – both well-known and forgotton – as well as their impact on the field. The development and impact of particular ideas in speculative fiction will be traced as well, along with the relationship of science fiction literature to other genres and other media, and the state of the s.f. publishing field today – including the dramatic editorial and demographic shifts of the last 10 years, and some of the most important current writers.

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English 217 – The Literature of Fantasy

This course traces major themes and concepts in fantasy from the pulp writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the present day. Students will focus on works by Robert E. Howard, J. R. R. Tolkein, T. H. White, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and other writers – both well-known and forgotten – as well as their impact on the field. The development and impact of particular ideas in fantasy will be traced as well, from the genre’s roots in Medieval storytelling through its recent spread into other genres. The state of the fantasy publishing field today will also be examined – including the dramatic editorial and demographic shifts of the last 10 years, and important current writers.

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