Sunday, November 6, 2016

IMF53706 Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature--J. Ted Morrissey

WIN QTR 17--ONLINE Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature

Instructor: J. Ted Morrissey

Class Type: Fiction: Literature

Course Description:
In the sciences, it is commonplace to think of current researchers as building on the work of previous scientists (of “standing on the shoulders of giants,” as Sir Isaac Newton famously phrased it in 1676). However, this phenomenon is not limited to the sciences. Writers often have been inspired by the work of earlier authors to produce what has become known as “revisionist” texts (stories, novels, poems, plays); that is, they write narratives that are sequels or prequels to the original, or they tell the story from a different point of view, or in a different literary style. In this course we will study some originating texts and then works they have spawned. Among other issues, we will analyze the techniques that contemporary authors employ to synthesize the original into their own unique creations. If writers think of all that has come before as potential sources of inspiration, it opens innumerable possibilities for their own creative efforts.

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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