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Glasgow, Master in Letteratura fantastica


L’Università di Glasgow, in Scozia, inaugura a breve un Master in Letteratura fantastica, denominato “MLitt in FANTASY”. Il corso prende in considerazione il fantastico dal 1780 ad oggi.

The University of Glasgow is about to launch a Masters in Fantasy, co-directed by Robert Maslen and Alice Jenkins, with Farah Mendlesohn as the external examiner. There will be a core course covering fantasy fiction, criticism and theory from c. 1800 to the present, and options on comics, children’s fiction and comics, etc. All students will write a substantial dissertation which would provide an ideal platform for a PhD in Fantasy, whether in Glasgow or in one of the other centres of the fantastic such as Chichester.
Course: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Further informations:
Further questions: Contact Rob Maslen at critstudies-pgenquiries(at)

The programme is made up of three formal components:
1 – Core courses: taught over two ten-week teaching periods, from October to December and January to March.
2 – Option courses: also taught in ten-week blocks. Full-time students usually study one topic course in each semester.
3 – A dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from April to September.

The Core Course is divided into two parts:
Part 1 introduces students to the history of fantasy literature in English and its attendant theories from c. 1780 to 1950. As well as charting the early history of modern fantasy, including major fiction for children where this has had a significant impact on the development of adult fantasy literature, the course will introduce students to the most influential critical and theoretical approaches to fantasy and the fantastic.
Part 2 investigates the history of fantasy literature in English from 1950 to the present. It will also consider the unprecedented spread of fantasy in recent decades through comics, films and the new media, and delve into the major critical and theoretical approaches to fantasy and the fantastic that have emerged since the 1950s.

Optional Courses
You may choose from the available optional courses offered by any of the Masters programmes in the School of Critical Studies. You may also opt for courses from other Masters programmes in the College of Arts (subject to approval by the relevant convener). One course can be taken at Honours level. Examples of possible options include:
Children’s Literature And Literacies: Critical Enquiry
Core Structures Of Scottish Culture
Creative Writing Fiction Workshop (cross-discipline)
Decadence And The Modern
Finn in Gaelic Literature
Magical Narratives: Imagination, Fantasy and the Creation of Worlds
Modern Everyday
Religion, Theology and Culture Directed Study Science Fiction

Primary texts you are likely to encounter include, for Core Course 1:
J. M. Barry, Peter and Wendy
L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill
E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros
Charles G. Finney, The Circus of Dr Lao
William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland
James Hogg, Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Sheridan Le Fanu, In a Glass Darkly
David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus
George MacDonald, Phantastes
William Morris, The Well at the World’s End
Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist
Lord Dunsany, Time and the Gods
Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
Oscar Wilde, The Fisherman and his Soul
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

And for Core Course 2:
Gillian Bradshaw, The Mists of Avalon
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising
John Crowley, Little, Big
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
Alan Garner, The Owl Service
Alasdair Gray, Lanark
Ursula Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Patricia McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
China Mieville, The City and the City
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
T. H. White, The Once and Future King
Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer
Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock

Criticism and Theory
Lucie Armitt, Theorising the Fantastic
Brian Attebery, Strategies of Fantasy
Christine Brooke-Rose, A Rhetoric of the Unreal: Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic
John Clute and John Grant, The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy
Kathryn Hume, Fantasy and Mimesis
Rosemary Jackson, Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion
Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature
Farah Mendlesohn, Rhetorics of Fantasy
Stephen Prickett, Victorian Fantasy
David Sandner, Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader
Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre
Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland


1 commento

  1. annaritaverzola ha detto:

    Che meraviglia! Ecco un altro dei numerosi casi in cui vorrei essere in Gran Bretagna! Un caro saluto. Annarita.


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