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I am so thrilled with the original artwork for my Summer 2013 course on the Dystopian Tradition at Mythgard Institute. It's by the amazing Elia Fernández at elia-illustration.com.

The Dystopian Tradition at the Mythgard Institute.


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Mar. 17th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
This is a beautiful, intriguing image!
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Isn't it gorgeous? I could stare at it for ages!
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
You bet! *hugs*
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* :-)
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
oh, that is wonderful! Really fantastic that the almost single bit of color is the blood red of the solitary front-facing figure's hair (echoed by the "I'm on" lights of the cameras).
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
YES! I love that!!! I'm so glad you like it, too. She's such an incredibly talented artist, and I'm thrilled she'd lend her work to help spread the word and set the tone for my class.
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Mar. 19th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Isn't it remarkable!

Oooh, thanks so much for your interest! Once I wrap up this semester's Science Fiction Part II class, here's what's scheduled. Then it looks like the courses will rotate back around, with Science Fiction Parts I & II at the head of the list. Let me know if you have any question!

Summer 2013: The Dystopian Tradition
Over the years, thinkers have used dystopias -- stories of worlds gone wrong, of worst-case scenarios -- to warn their contemporaries about what they viewed as dangerous trends in society and challenge their readers to make the world better. This course will consider a variety of historical and current "what if?" though experiments, including classics such as 1984 and current bestsellers such as The Hunger Games. We will explore the specific conditions that inspired these dystopias, the general warnings inherent in them, and the broad trends in dystopias over time.

Fall 2013: Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination
The intellectual sibling of science fiction, born of the same parents (the Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revoltion), is what its father, Edgar Allan Poe, called "tales of ratiocination." Poe created the first scientific detective, C. Auguste Dupin, who in turn paved the way for one of the most enduring and beloved literary characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes. This course focuses on Poe and Conan Doyle and how their works blended scientific method, mystery, and imagination to create the modern literature of detection. We will consider why Sherlock Holmes remains an often revisited and reinterpreted character with remarkable resonance in our own time, and how the genre he helped to create and the literary descendants he inspired continue to question the idea of order in our universe and how we know what we (think we) know.

Spring 2014: The Gothic Tradition
The Gothic literary tradition began in the mid-eighteenth century in Europe and lives on in various forms across the globe through contemporary fiction, poetry, art, music, film, and television. Mad scientists, blasted heaths, abandoned ruins, elusive ghosts, charming vampires, and even little green men people its stories. With ingredients such as a highly developed sense of atmosphere, extreme emotions including fear and awe, and emphases on the mysterious and the paranormal, Gothic works tend to express anxieties about social, political, religious, and economic issues of the time, as well as rejection of prevailing modes of thought and behavior. This course will investigate the fascinating and subversive Gothic imagination (from the haunted castles of Horace Walpole to the threatening aliens of H.P. Lovecraft, from Dracula to Coraline), identify the historical conditions that have inspired it, consider how it has developed across time and place and medium, and explore how it has left its indelible imprint on the modern genres of science fiction and fantasy.
Mar. 17th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. :D
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
You bet! *hugs you*
Mar. 17th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Fabulous art! (((hugs)))
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy you think so, too! I just adore it. She's such an incredibly talented artist, and I'm thrilled she'd lend her work to help spread the word and set the tone for my class.

Mar. 22nd, 2013 07:36 am (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I hadn't! Thanks a million for this link. I'm familiar with Curtis and his work, but I hadn't yet heard of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. I really appreciate your putting it on my radar. It sounds fascinating!
Mar. 27th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome :-)
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