Fantasy and Social Values

HNR 340 - Fantasy and Social Values

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 37674
Section: M001
Credits: 3

Prof. Gareth Fisher

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary, Public Presentation

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


Course Description:

This course will critically examine how science-fiction and sci-fi/fantasy franchises such as 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 their 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 and comparing their moral messages and social impact with those of their counterparts from the English-speaking world.