Sunday, November 6, 2016

IMF53704 Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction--Kelli Allen

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction

Instructor: Kelli Allen

Class Type: Fiction: Literature + Mini-Workshop

Course Description:
This course will offer a global survey of myth from ancient to present times and discuss how and why the mythic is still so vital and exciting in literature, especially in short fiction. Retelling of myths and creating new myth stories in a short story form lends to an awaking of universal story-telling consciousness. Cultures of every variety share myth stories and have versions of the archetypal hero story. Trickster figures have been employed in oral and literary traditions from the beginning of recognizable human expression to modern-day. This course will explore the hero’s journey according to Joseph Campbell and how his descriptions incorporate Native American trickster tales and early Russian fairy stories. We will explore how modern authors from Shelly to Neil Gaiman, from Borges to Junot Diaz have redeveloped the structure of myth in short form to establish a new and thrilling genera. Students will have an opportunity to read modern myth stories and create their own myths, hero stories, and trickster tales in mini workshops.

WIN QTR 17 Textbook Info (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

First Assignment Info

Start Date: Monday, January 9

Class Preview Date: December 26 (do not post in class until start date of 1/9; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 12/4)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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