ENGL 383

Fiction Workshop: The Fantastic in Fiction

Prerequisite: ENGL 106. Ghosts, talking animals, and aliens - among other strange phenomena - belong to the fictional universe referred to as magical realism or fabulism or fantastic fiction. What is the difference between this broad genre and so-called fantasy fiction (and why is one a higher order of art than the other), and how and why does a writer employ the impossible to describe the possibilities of human experience? Students will read and write stories that push at the boundaries of the real world. Offered alternate years. III.O, III.W, V.6b