Fantasy and Social Values

HNR 340 - Fantasy and Social Values

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2020
Class #: 32677
Section: M003
Credits: 3


Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
TuTh 11:00am-12:20pm

Bowne Hall 304C

Course Description:

This course will critically examine how science-fiction and sci-fi/fantasy franchises such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games, Star Trek, and Star Wars act as modern myths that have both reflected and modeled social values, particularly in British and American society, from the end of the Second World War until today. In addition to delving into the mythologies of these franchises ourselves, we will explore how scholars in literary studies, media studies, anthropology, and religious studies have explored the roots of their popularity. We will also look at the ways the fandoms they create have attempted to translate the franchises’ messages into the formation of alternative communities and real-life social activism. The course will conclude by exploring popular sci-fi/fantasy franchises from Asian countries such as the recently published Three-Body Trilogy and compare their moral messages and social impact with those of their counterparts from the English-speaking world.