Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

by Eric Rabkin, University of Michigan, 3 Jun – 19 Aug 2013

Another fantastic literature / humanity course that I was doing in conjunction with the Fiction of Relationship, which was nuts really. I managed to read and wrote essay on Frankenstein and Hawthorne and Poe’s short stories. From the reading list I had already read The Grimm’s Fairy Tales (obviously), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Dracula. There’s no way for me to complete the course this time around though as we needed to complete at least 7 essays. I got left behind on Week 6 on Wells as the reading got more and more ridiculous (size wise).

Luckily the course will happen again in October, so I have a couple of months to catch up. I’ve since read H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man and the Island of Dr. Moreau. (Again, an unbelievable feat for me!) Later on to Wells’ 2 short stories, A Princess of Mars, Herland, The Martian Chronicles, and The Left Hand of Darkness. So still quite a few books to go and I’m not completely confident that I can read them all even for the second round, but I’ll try. I’d most probably skip the last book Doctorow’s Little Brother as it really doesn’t sound interesting to me.


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