IS 446 Fantasy Literature and Media for Youth

The selection and evaluation of historical and contemporary fantasy literature and media for library collections aimed at children and young adults. Texts examined will include books, movies, and games.

Learning objectives

  • Become familiar with a range of youth fantasy authors, works, genres, media, fan cultures, trends, and popular culture.
  • Identify fantasy literature of interest to teachers and students in a K-12 setting for instruction and leisure reading.
  • Gain experience discussing and evaluating fantasy literature, media, and resources.
  • Improve readers advisory skills by understanding how fantasy literature and media appeal to young readers.
  • Learn to speak the language fantasy readers use to explain what they like: subgenres (eg. steampunk, supernatural romance, high fantasy, gothic), mood and tone (eg. Dark, humorous), ways of entering the fantasy world, types of heroes and heroines, creatures (eg. Dragons), mythological foundations, world building, etc.
  • Trace the historical tradition of authors, genres, styles, cultures, and mythologies that informs contemporary fantasy.
  • Recognize and discuss the politics of fantasy, which include representations of gender and sexuality, race and cultural heritage, colonialism and violence.

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Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).