1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 x 111-hour independent study per semester
Assignment(s), Creative work, Demonstration
Topic description

People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within. - Ursula LeGuin.

This topic will explore genres of the Fantastic, which may include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Alternative History, Utopias and Dystopias, and Myths and Legends. In this reading intensive topic, we will explore generic conventions alongside relevant literary theory and criticism. The process involves close analysis of examples and production of writing in class. It is therefore essential that students do the relevant readings before attending lecture/workshops, where active participation is encouraged.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the concept of metaphor in fantasy fiction
  • Empower students with the critical and creative skills to turn their own areas of socio-political interest into an engaging fantasy story
  • Simulate a real-world context by inviting students to distill their fantasy concept into a story treatment and respond to critical feedback
  • Combine critical thinking and imagination through the model of practice-led research
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Evaluate existing creative works to identify the processes the creators have undertaken
  2. Research a subject of personal interest to you and devise a metaphorical representation of that research
  3. Argue the link between real world issues and fantasy fiction
  4. Integrate the core creative and research skills into the planning and mapping of an original creative work
  5. Apply external critical feedback to your creative process
  6. Determine your own creative process through self-reflection