Popular British Fantasy

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154215 Popular British Fantasy - CANCELLED 2 PS Di 12:15 – 13:45 R. U 331 Neef

Course Description

Fantasies such as The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia and their film adaptations continue to be hugely successful. They fascinate twenty-first century audiences all over the world. In this seminar, we will analyse and interpret selected works by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman in order to gain a more enlightened understanding of the complexities of British fantasies. During the initial sessions, some theoretical and historical foundation will be provided. We will explore the genesis, genre conventions, and major characteristics of the genre of the fantasy in Britain. Furthermore, various critical approaches and theories will be tested as to their applicability to the selected works. These discussions will be followed by group presentations. They focus on specific aspects of each narrative and lead to in-depth discussions of the texts.

Personal attendance during the first session is required to maintain enrolment status.

Reading List

  • Mandatory reading (recommended for purchase):
    • Lewis, C. S.: The Chronicles of Narnia
    • Pullman, Philip: His Dark Materials
    • Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Hobbit

Course Requirements

Credits will be assigned on the basis of ‘aktive Teilnahme’: a shorter oral presentation and a shorter term paper.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
LPO 2003:
  • GHR:
  • GyGe:
  • SP1. Fach:
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK:
LPO 1994/2000:
LABG 2009:
  • G:
  • HRG: 403
  • GyGe/BK: 403
  • SP:
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c, 2abc, Komp 1b
  • B.A.AS: Komp 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS: