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Mythgard Institute is Offering a 12-Week Course on Science Fiction

This Summer, Mythgard Institute is offering a course on Science Fiction (Part I), taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The 12 week online course covers science fiction from Proto-Science Fiction through to the Golden Age and will run from August to November.

From the course page:

What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from “proto-SF” writings through the Golden Age, with an eye toward how the great works and movements within science fiction both reflect the concerns and attitudes of their time and imagine beyond them. Discover why author Ray Bradbury called science fiction “the most important literature in the history of the world.”

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Mythgard Institute’s Summer 2014 Season Includes an In-Depth Course on Harry Potter

Hey, Harry Potter fans! The Summer 2014 season of learning at the Mythgard Institute includes the course Taking Harry Seriously, taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The course is designed to examine the artistry and meanings of the Harry Potter saga.

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Dr. Amy H. Sturgis to Teach The Gothic Tradition at Mythgard Institute

Registration is now open at Mythgard Institute for the SF-centric online class The Gothic Tradition, taught
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis.

Here’s the course description:

The Gothic literary tradition began in the mid-eighteenth century in Europe and lives on in various forms across the globe through contemporary fiction, poetry, art, music, film, and television. Mad scientists, blasted heaths, abandoned ruins, elusive ghosts, charming vampires, and even little green men people its stories. With ingredients such as a highly developed sense of atmosphere, extreme emotions including fear and awe, and emphases on the mysterious and the paranormal, Gothic works tend to express anxieties about social, political, religious, and economic issues of the time, as well as rejection of prevailing modes of thought and behavior. This course will investigate the fascinating and subversive Gothic imagination (from the haunted castles of Horace Walpole to the threatening aliens of H.P. Lovecraft, from Dracula to Coraline), identify the historical conditions that have inspired it, consider how it has developed across time and place and medium, and explore how it has left its indelible imprint on the modern genres of science fiction and fantasy.

For more details and the course schedule, check out the The Gothic Tradition at Mythgard Institute.

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