Spring Semester Senior Choice

In this course we will look at novels, stories, poems, movies, visual art, and music in the genres of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Some of the texts will be canonical, and some of the texts will challenge the canon. We will consider these genres through several lenses, including Deep Ecology, race, gender, class, theories of time, theories of heroism, tropes of journey, critiques of technology, and role of ancient and new ideas colliding, such as fate colliding with AI. The texts will be studied as a means of understanding our own world through immersion in very different worlds. Books might include Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows, J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, N.K. Jeminsen's How Long 'Til Black Future Month, Frank Herbert's Dune, Octavia Butler's Dawn and Kindred, Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes, and Ursula Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea. Movies might include The Matrix, Blade Runner, Miyazaki films, etc. Student work will include reading, discussion, worldbuilding projects, and many kinds of writing.