Classification: Transfer Effective Term: 201110 lit 226 Fantasy Literature: The Epic Initiator

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Classification: Transfer Effective Term: 201110

LIT 226 Fantasy Literature: The Epic

Initiator: Shelly Dorsey Credit Hours: 3.00

Campus: Downtown Lecture Periods: 3.00

Date: 10/26/2009 Lab Periods:

WRT 102 or 108.


Survey of fantasy literature in a variety of forms and media emphasizing the epic tradition. Includes the development and components of the fantasy epic and critical analysis of fantasy epic literary works. Also includes the role of mythology and archetypes in the formation of such works.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the components and development of the fantasy epic tradition from antiquity to the present.

  2. Identify mythological and archetypal characterictics in fantasy literature.

  3. Critically analyze fantasy epic literature based on literary elements such as theme, motif, setting, and character.

  4. Identify and analyze parodic or satiric elements in modern fantasy works.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze fantasy literature in writing.


  1. Development of the Fantasy Epic

  1. History

  2. Definition of terms

  3. Components

  4. Development of European versus non-European works

  1. Mythological and Archetypal Characteristics

  1. Role of mythology

  2. Jungian archetypes

  3. The hero archetype

  1. Elements of Literature

  1. Theme

  2. Motif

  3. Setting

  4. Character

  5. Other

  1. Satire in Modern Fantasy

  1. The anti-hero

  2. Social commentary

  1. Critical Analysis and Writing

  1. Use writing for critical analysis, including gathering, interpreting, and evaluating evidence

  2. Produce written discourse in various forms, totaling 2,500 words or more

  3. Combine in-class and out-of-class written work

  4. Include an out-of-class paper, of at least 1,200 words, requiring critical inquiry

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