Course Descriptions

ENG 4899

Senior Capstone in English

Mark Walhout

MWF 2:30–3:50 p.m.


This senior capstone course (which juniors may take take with the instructor's permission) will examine classic and contemporary works of fantasy and science fiction that qualify as "literary." Not that there is anything wrong with "genre" fiction, to which, for many of us, our love of reading can be traced.  

We will start with two great sci fi and fantasy authors of the early twentieth century, H. G. Wells and Lord Dunsany.  We will then move on to contemporary novels, including Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant and Klara and the Sun as well as Michel Faber's The Book of Strange New Things and Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry for the Future.

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