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Introductory study of fiction, poetry, and drama demonstrating techniques by which literature reflects human experience. English, Western Kentucky Univ. Experience dragons, gallant knights, lordly ladies, ogres, vampires, sociopaths. Readings from the spectrum of fantasy literature from the epic to science fiction. Entry obtained with the help of J. A course in the origin and development of science fiction as a literary and cinematic genre, with a focus on the opportunity for social criticism that sf affords. It includes a survey of the history of science fiction, its distinguishing traits, and its variations from "mainstream" fiction.

Students will be provided a set of critical methodologies for reading, interpreting, and evaluating sf and will practice these methodologies through close reading, discussion, and writing on a number of sf stories and novels. The works to be discussed in this course will focus on these four areas: 1. The World Treasury of Science Fiction. English V Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature.

The values discussed and the issues raised by this study—such as individual freedom vs. A course in the study of a literary genre divided into two parts. In the first part, we look at a couple of "pure" examples of two distinct narrative genres, science fiction and fantasy. Trying to discover what is unique to each genre, we will examine the nature of their narrative worlds, the codes governing their discursive strategies, and the ways in which readers make sense of them.

In the second part we will turn to a narrative form, science fantasy, which combines features from each of the genres. We will try to identify the generic features of this hybridized form and take a look at a number of science-fantasy types. In so doing, perhaps we can account for the growing popularity of this particular narrative form. This course approaches science fiction as a genre of literary narrative which explores the shapes of tomorrow through extrapolation from existing technologies or speculation about imaginary technologies. Sf particularly concerns itself with the impact that technological change has upon the human condition and human institutions.

The genre will be treated as literature and at the same time discussed in the larger contexts of its scientific, social, and ideational backgrounds and implications. The course is designed to enable students to develop their capacity for reading sf as one of the most authentic forms of literature in a technotronic society and to cultivate thoughtful attitudes toward the emerging realities of the future: the viability of liberal and humanistic values, the direction and dynamics of change, the role of science and technology, the position of humanity in technotronic cultures.

By the end of the term, the student will also have developed an overview of the history of sf and its relation to other forms of prose literature. HU B. Issues in Western Culture. In The Dispossessed Le Guin explores dimensions of capitalism and socialism as they relate to the personal experience of a scientist. His questions and concerns about both structures anticipate our own—but by setting the novel on another world Le Guin allows us to study those issues free of the biases that may cloud our relationships to them here on earth.

Introduces the concept of genre through the study of science fiction and fantasy. Among the topics of study are theories of genre, genre markers, the history of the chosen genres, theoretical perspectives on the particular genres, and typical themes, characters, situations. Willan, 25 Pleasant St. AFAM African-American Political Autobiography. This course examines the connections between autobiography, political philosophy, utopian thought and politics in African-American autobiographies.

Selected African-American autobiographies will be analyzed to determine the criticisms authors launched against their societies, the social and political alternatives suggested, and the agencies they suggested be mobilized to institute change. Topics in Writing—Writing Science Fiction. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the different skills and techniques needed for successful writing in the field of science fiction.

Flynn, English Dept. Other Worlds. A critical introduction to recent and classic works of fantasy, science fiction, and other forms of "speculative fabulation. Charles St. Literature by Women: Science Fiction. We will watch the film Making Mr. Right in class, and invite Severna Park to read on campus.

We will ask if the history of science fiction by women is the same as that for male writers, and if women had or have a special tradition within the genre. We will use feminist theory to look at aspects of the science, psychology, and literary strategies of these works. And we will examine how the writers' differing and changing standpoints on the political isssues of feminism, sexuality, and colonizing are represented in their fictions. Class will be almost entirely discussion, with student reports on the writers and student panels on the feminist readings.

In the light of feminist theory and popular culture studies, this course examines works by women from the seventeenth century Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World to the present Ursula K. We will look at some short stories from early sf pulp magazines, and at works by cult writers like Marion Zimmer Bradley. These are some of the questions we will ask: Is there a women's tradition of science fiction? What is the relation between feminist utopias and sf by women?

What problems do women writers have with the genre, especially with masculinized science, the convention of woman as alien, and the tradition of the male narrator? What debates on women's issues get worked out in science fiction? Why do women writers choose a popular culture form? What is the relation between fan culture and women readers and writers? Focusing on discussion, this course will ask students to participate through frequent reports and panels. Requirements include a one-page book review of a recent novel not read in class which everyone will send to SFRA Review for possible publication , and a series of 1-page proposal abstract, 8-page oral paper, and 15 to page essay, as well as oral reports, panels, and participation.

The last time I taught this course, I worked with Melissa Sites and Carale Breakstone, graduate students in our program, to set up a free symposium on sf by women, featuring talks by Robin Roberts, Carol Kolmerten, Joan Gordon, and me, and readings by Severna Park and Carol Emshwiller; the symposium was incorporated into the course through preparatory readings of the speakers' works, attendance instead of one week's class, and a potluck for the speakers.

Surveying a range of classic and contemporary texts in the genre of science fiction, this course will explore the relation between the politics of world making and the technologies of literary representation. Special attention will be accorded to questions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation as these affect the construction of fictional worlds.

Amherst College, Amherst, MA EN CO2. This course explores the impact of new information technology on literature in three crucial areas: 1 Cyberpunk, a relatively new form of science fiction that offers visions of the near future, emphasizing changes in social relations, cultural boundaries, business, and political economy produced by computerization and worldwide network communication; 2 Cyberspace, the ongoing development of virtual environments for education, work, play, and crime; 3 Hypertext, the linked webs of electronic documents that may eventually replace all printed documents, and are already challenging our notions of what reading means.

The center of this course is the point of tension between the sense that cyberpunk is a marginal, resistant phenomenon and the sense that cyberpunk articulates something central to what the world now is or is becoming. Crucial questions for the course include what it means to "be" postmodern, as opposed to being able to talk about the postmodern, and whether virtual realities are fundamentally different from "reality," and change what "reality" means. Another feature of the course, one which attempts to address in a practical way the difference between being postmodern and merely talking about it, is the creation of a class website as a virtual space for the course work.

At present this website is accessible only through Bentley College's intranet, though it may be open to the general Internet in the coming year. The class web consists of basic course materials and projects carried out collaboratively by the students. Workshop: Building the Time-Machine. In this course we will explore the prospect of building a time-machine from developing a concept to working drawings and a model.

The results of the course will be proposed as an exhibit to the Science Museum of Boston. Shattuck and Taylor; various books and articles on speculative physics. Telephone Literary Types: Science Fiction. The history and development of science fiction is explored from Frankenstein to the present day. WP Writing sf. An introductory creative writing course. Students begin by reading and discussing published stories and writing short exercises focussed on character, dialogue, setting, point of view, and style.

The class jointly creates a "shared world" and each writes a short piece set in that world. All writing is photocopied and workshopped in class. By the end of the semester students have produced either a substantial story or the opening chapters of a projected novel. TEXT: Dozois, ed. A more advanced course, WP —Writing Genre Fiction, gives interested students an opportunity to continue their work. Williams, Div. LI A. Utopia and Anti-Utopia. Since the literary utopia was invented by Thomas More in the 16th century, it has been a medium for philosophers, dreamers, political scientists, and satirists.

In this course, we will explore both the positive eutopia and the negative dystopia or antiutopia as well as some of the intentional communities based on utopian ideals. An exploring of imagination in tales based on traditional lore and wisdom, and in stories premised upon scientific knowledge. Warrick et al, eds. Approaches to Literature: Science Fiction.

Looking at scientific concepts as metaphor, the course explores some central science-fiction issues: definitions of "otherness" and the bounderies of "self. Modern Science Fiction. This course tracks the evolution of science fiction from the fifties to the present. Writing Science Fiction. This course begins with a series of lectures about the process of writing fiction and the particular challenges offered by science fiction. In the course of the lectures, students read stories from the Norton anthology and Dozois's current Year's Best sf. Under the instructor's guidance, the students write at least two short science-fiction stories or one novella or the beginning of a novel, if they seem to have talent in that direction.

The last half of the semester is given over to roundtable workshop discussion of the students' work. This course traces the development of various science fiction themes, conventions, and approaches from early man-versus-machine tales to alien encounters. We will examine how the genre is a time capsule of the relationships of humans and technology, humans and nature, humans and the stars in all their promise and dangers. From Frankenstein through H. Wells, through short fiction of the "golden age" s and '50s , to the visions of contemporary writers. An introduction to classic works of science fiction.

Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. Science Fiction: Worlds Made Cunningly. The last two dec-ades have witnessed the acceptance—at times reluctant—of science fiction as a legitimate genre of mainstream literature, akin to medieval allegory and romance. Twentieth-century American sf, in particular, has made an impressive popular as well as academic impact upon culture and its literary establishment.

We will attempt to define and explore the history and significance of "scientific romances," "scientifiction," and, more recently, "sf" as reflected in the best representative 20th-century authors: British, European, and American. Our purpose will be to develop a critical and analytical reading and understanding of various works by identifying and evaluating important and often recurrent themes and concerns. These include consideration of the implications of continued research and discoveries in the hard and soft sciences and technology upon religious, social, philosophical, and cultural values as these are extrapolated by sf authors in their fictions.

Morin, Dept. Fantasy and Folklore. Fantasy is discussed as a genre and mode; various theories of fantasy are explored. Science fiction, variously emphasized, has included works by Bradbury, Clarke. Folklore-and more specifically, the folk-tale—is a significant concentration. Investigated are the scholarship, criticism and history relevant to folk narrative study works by Aarne, Degh, Luthi, Propp, Thompson, Zipes ; the application of such study to the investigation of ethnic types; the relationship of folk-tales —and especially motifs—to fantasy, myth and science fiction; the comparison of the oral to the literary tale; the revisionist text.

Such topics as "the trickster," "the master-maid" vs. For advanced undergraduates, primarily English majors. CORE C Cultural History: Mars, This course studies the nature, methods, and uses of cultural history by examining in some detail a single example: how scientific and literary images of Mars during the past century have mirrored and expressed cultural ideas and values.

The End of the World. Graduate program. LITR In this course, we will examine science fiction as a vehicle for philosophic and technical inquiry. Religion Topics: Religion and Fantasy. The study of fantastic literature raises important philosophical problems, such as, what is the reality status of the fantastic? The presence of religious themes in much "secular" fantasy and science fiction, and also of fantastic elements in biblical and other religious literature, raises further questions: Is religion inherently fantastic? Is fantasy inherently "religious"? What are the theological implications of the fantastic?

Course objectives: to introduce you to a diverse range of sf literature, to use sf to analyze evolving concepts of our culture, to teach a critical method of reading popular literature, to increase an imaginative response to technology and society, to demonstrate the place of popular literature in ideology, and to have a little fun. Objectives: 1. Pleasant, MI BCA Film Directors. One of a series of courses under the same number focusing on directors and producers.

This course examines the development of the horror film from its beginnings in the silent era to Critical study is given to cultural trends, analysis of technique, and development of the student viewer's critical skills. One of a series of courses under the same number focusing on various film genres. Examines the historical development of the horror film since Texts same as for the preceding course. A genre study of the themes, techniques, and historical development of fantasy in film. The class views a selection of fantasy-based titles from various genres such as comedy, horror, animation, and action-adventure, as well as studying classic and contemporary techniques in special effects cinematography.

Films include titles from Melies to present-day commercial theatricals. Film Genre Study: Science Fiction. Subtitled "Cautionary Tales of the Industrial Age," this course pairs sf films with required readings of several sf novels. Students discuss how science and scientists are depicted in both media and how the themes and lessons of the respective films and novels apply to the present day.

Film Genre Studies: Science Fiction. With the concurrent rise of industrialism and mass culture, modern audiences have been both fearful of and fascinated with the impact of science and technology on the individual and community. As the most popular and influential of the mass media—due to its unparalleled ability to visually depict what previously could only be described in print or imagined in the mind's eye—film even from its infancy has helped shape our perceptions about the role of the scientist and technocrat in forming our society.

This course will examine how these perceptions were created and sustained in literature and the cinema by examining various key works of popular fiction and film which have been of particular historical, cultural, and esthetic importance in terms of perpetuating certain stereotypical images of scientists and their works. Films which illustrate the development of these stereotypes will be shown and discussed in class, along with an exploration of some of the original novels on which these films were based, including: Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale ; Burgess, A Clockwork Orange ; Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

English acquaints students with popular, modern literature of science fiction. History and definitions of science fiction are given, but the emphasis is on short stories, novels, and films—their questions and criticisms of society, the world, and human existence. LBS E. Science and Utopia. By examining utopian fiction and nonfiction drawn from the past three and a half centuries, this course will study science's influence upon the utopian imagination and, vice versa, the utopian imagination's influence upon the development of science and technology.

Spanning from the English Renaissance to the American Bicentennial, these writers raise political, philosophical, moral, literary, economic, and scientific questions that, variously, support and challenge their societies' and their scientists' images of themselves. That is, in this course we will look at writers who love science, those who hate it, and those who bring to their works a more complex mixture of attitudes towards science.

Some of the specific questions we will study include: What is a utopia? Or, more usefully, what issues and ideas does the utopian imagination explore and how are they explored? How has the utopian imagination responded to the challengings of traditional beliefs by modern science's new questions and answers? What conflicts have developed between the utopian imagination and the scientific worldview?

On the other hand, what opportunities for the utopian imagination has that worldview opened up? What deep fears about science has the utopian imagination exposed?. What hopes about science has it launched? HU The Literature of J. This course re-examines the major works of J. Tolkien in light of his own theories of fantasy faerie and in view of the works which most influenced him in his writing so as to provide students with a clear idea of his process of sub-creation and a greater appreciation for the magnitude of his accomplishment. The Mode of the Fantastic.

A graduate course which will explore the theoretical and textual basis of the fantastic. An undergraduate course exploring the range, variety, and depth of the fantastic from classical to contemporary literature and film. History Utopian Communities in Nineteenth-Century America. This course examined the European genesis and implementation in the United States of two major community movements, the Fourierists and the Icarians, which were derived from utopian writings. It also included the intersection of Robert Owen, the Owenites, and the evolution of end-of-century membership into Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward clubs.

The course began with an investigation of the cultural settings that advanced these systems during this era. It reviewed the leaders' backgrounds, the underlying rationale for promoting these social alternatives, the publications and means used to circulate communitarian ideology, and the membership. An Audio Visual on "Utopia" helped to introduce the topic. Early lectures presented a survey of American Communities utilizing time line charts. The two required texts were Carl J.

This course is designed to give students an overview of major themes in science fiction and of the genre's historical development in the 20th century with emphasis particularly on US science fiction. Mirrorshades , Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale. English sec. An elective course for upperclasspersons. There are no prerequisites. We will examine both the history and the diversity of science fiction prose by reading some of the best examples written since the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Generally, we will approach each primary text in three ways: through a consideration of its backgrounds scientific, mythic, and so forth , through specific questions the text raises moral questions, questions of plausibility, and so forth , and through the traditional discipline of criticism what is science fiction? Women and Literature. Study of writing by women in order to explore the concerns of women writers, recurrent themes in their works, and feminist approaches to literature.

Rosen, Dept. Writing with Technology. This class is computer-intensive, training students to publish on the World Wide Web and to build text-based virtual reality spaces. The course looks ahead to a time when information will be stored in virtual space, as Gibson's novels foresee. Paul, MN Literature and Humanity. A course in science fiction with environmental theses. It was developed in conjunction with a series of courses on Humanity and the Environment, which included courses in ecology, biodiversity, and the economics of the environment, science fiction on environmental issues, and a group tour to Florida for nine days to study ecosystems there.

Lit Author: Short Course: Le Guin. This five-week course will study science fiction, fantasy, and essays by Ursula K. Le Guin. English Literature 1 Survey.

English Literature 2 Survey. Humn Contemporary Literature. Upper-division humanities course; covers mostly 20th century, mostly American literature, all genres. Norman, Holmes Rd. Eng L. Literary Studies: Science Fiction. Offered on a rotating basis; the topic for L was at least once utopias. I have taught the sf course at least 12 times since My course attempts to do two things: to offer some sense of the history of the genre I always begin with Frankenstein and The Time Machine and to feature as many of the women writers as possible, if only because we are a women's college.

I have also given a lot of attention to the situation of sf in popular culture, with videos and other media. Rotates with Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Mystery. Instructor and syllabus vary. The following is from the last time I taught the course. Theme: Creating tomorrow; this course will focus on sf as extrapolative fiction; the ideas that become familiar to us through reading are less apt to surprise or shock us if they become part of our cultural reality; and we take for granted both the technologies and any problems they create.

Course Objectives: to read both for enjoyment and for analysis of ideas and their presentation; to connect literary style and subject with current sociocultural concerns; to become more familiar with the scientific ideas that have created our technological society. Modern Literature in the Age of Science. An investigation of the way scientific and technological advances have affected both the content and the form of modern literature.

Joyce, Afternoon: A Story hypertext , J. Joyce, Finnegans Wake. This course focuses on science fiction since but provides students with a historical background via three early novels and several short stories. The short stories are read at the beginning in order to review the principles of reading and writing about literature; the ten novels are divided into pairs that both illustrate some of Gary K.

Wolfe's icons of science fiction and reflect different historical periods. Utopian Literature. This course currently concentrates on British fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, although both More's Utopia and Swift's Gulliver's Travels are examined for relevant background issues. Plato, Campanella, Bacon, Voltaire, and Johnson are introduced through lecture overviews. Fantasy Literature.

In this course, we will read a variety of fantastic literature, focusing on definitions of fantasy and methods of creating fantastic worlds. Students will interact both critically and creatively with the texts studied. L14 E Lit This course is designed to explore how race, class and gender have been represented within science fiction as a function of the genre's presentation of "desirable" social and political futures. Louis, MO Course goals: 1. Elkins, A Kethley, Div. This course examines the major themes of science fiction and traces its historical development as one of the most popular genres of modern speculative fiction.

Significant sf short stories, novels, and films will be studied. This 3-credit course is designed to familiarize the student with the specialized genre of literature known as science fiction. Although sf is only one area of fiction, the study of sf can be used to understand and appreciate all areas of literature. Through the study of this genre, the student should not only gain a better understanding of literature but be given the impetus to examine and strengthen her understanding of self, life, and God. Religion and Science Fiction.

In this course, we will use works of science fiction as a medium for consideration of religious themes. Science Fiction often deals with religious ideas in imaginative and unusual ways, either explicitly or implicitly suggesting views of good and evil, creation and sin, God and the supernatural, the afterlife, and the goals of human history.

As sf authors speculate about other times and worlds, they are also asking questions about the values of our time and world. As feminist theologian Sallie McFague puts it, "One of the most powerful ways to question a tradition is to imagine new worlds that challenge it. Speculative fiction, with more tenuous ties to everyday life than realistic fiction, creates a world in sharp contrast to our conventional one and, hence, simply by juxtaposition questions and criticizes it.

Through the study of religious themes in science fiction, students can be led to reflect on religion in a new way which encourages consideration of their own beliefs and values. Film Criticism. HP Twentieth Century Issues Honors. Taught by a colleague. Through literature such as fiction, drama, poetry, biography, this course will focus on selcted issues such as education, the environment, racism, behaviorism, nuclear war, political leadership and the psychology of leadership, mass political movements, and the use of propaganda.

Appreciation of Literature. Introductory literature course designed to increase the student's appreciation of literature with an emphasis on modern literary forms. Advanced Composition. Training in writing a variety of types of papers with emphasis on writing across the curriculum. English or Sociology or Library Science Science Fiction and Information Control. The future is all that we can change. The storage, retrieval, and dissemination of knowledge has been a constant concern of sf writers and one that has seldom been appreciated or understood.

And, with the ever-increasing application of computer technology and robotics to information systems, the likelihood of knowledge-control by a single person Asimov's Foundation Trilogy , by a government Orwell's , or by a machine Clarke's becomes ever more possible. By means of science fiction one can imagine and examine alternatives to the present course of events. Technological change has a way of creating sociological change. English CO1. What could be better? How could it be worse? Jeffrey Wallman, M.

He has more than two hundred novels to his twenty-two pseudonyms in all genres—mystery, science fiction, western and historical romance. He also has sales of more than one hundred short stories, novelettes, and articles with work represented in numerous anthologies in six languages, as well as television adaption, movie and television scripts. Utopian Fiction. A study of major literary utopias from Plato's Republic to contemporary dystopian fiction.

Skinner, Walden Two ; Huxley, Island. Themes in Contemporary Science Fiction. Examines contemporary speculative fiction with regard to scientific theory, technological and social change, political alternatives, and human destiny. Science fiction and fantasy are two related literary forms, or genres, which have achieved wide popularity in the 20th century. In this course, we will study the history of two genres, read a selection of major works, both short stories and novels, and examine the influence of sf and fantasy on modern culture, including cinema, the graphic arts, and political discourse.

Fried, English Dept. Honors Humanities Seminar. The appeal of science fiction is undeniable, and its forms innumerable, for sf writers place themselves at the intersection of what is real and what is possible, exploring scientific, utopian, and galactic frontiers. The course begins by looking briefly at the history of sf and particularly at sf's American heritage.

Stopping points along the way might include the pseudo-scientific fantasy of Hawthorne and Poe. We might consider the social criticisms implicit in Twain's Connecticut Yankee and Gilman's Herland a wonderfully ironic single-sex utopia. The instructor will provide the necessary background on selected "classics" of science fiction so that students can see the development of the genre across time and traditions: we will touch upon More's Utopia , Butler's Erewhon , Bellamy's Looking Backward , Orwell's , and Huxley's Brave New World.

Barbara Patrick, English Dept. SINT From Shelley to Wells to Le Guin and Dick, the course will examine sf writers' world views and critiques of human nature and society and their use of such scientific and pseudoscientific concepts as entropy and social Darwinism. Fowler, 40 W. Oak St. Science Fiction, Technology, and Society. An interdisciplinary course designed for students with serious interest in the subject matter. Although no previous knowledge is required, the readings may challenge your intelligence and imagination in unfamiliar ways and will certainly demand considerable time and thought.

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Bruce Franklin, English Dept. Attempts to refute typical selection of thoroughly canonized literary texts and, however poorly, Americanization of sf studies. A study of the fiction of science and the science of fiction through the reading of authors from Mary Shelley to William Gibson. Fantasy Stories ; Le Guin and Attebery, eds. Offered every other spring. Graduate students are expected to prepare two long research papers using ENMU's Golden Library Science Fiction Collection of early pulp and contemporary fiction and criticism.

Undergraduates and graduates prepare weekly reaction papers addressing course readings. Undergraduates write two page critical essays on a theme of sf. English A. Science fiction accurately reflects longings, fears, projections, stereotypes, and other such concerns. Sf philosophizes on what it is to be human though sometimes clothed in strange flesh. In short, sf, a vigorous subgenre, is literature, and can be read and analyzed profitably. This course will investigate sf, broadly defined, as it has appeared from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein till near the present.

The approach will be eclectic, with the intent of investigating, among others, such topics as the history of sf, its styles and categories, its female and male components. There are, of course, more. Eller, Office of the Provost, Binghamton Univ. HIST History of the Future. Analysis of recent research by social and natural scientists on the shape of things to come, fortified by scenarios drawn from sf and sf films.

War: Past and Future. An overview of the history and causes of warfare, followed by an exploration of the kinds of wars most likely to occur in the next century and the prospects for world peace. Modern European Thought. The history of the European mind since the Renaissance, with special attention to its visions of the best and worst society. Senior Seminar C. Brave New Worlds. This course is intended to stimulate thinking about ways to restructure and improve the social order. Using the above material, this course will ask students to apply to the contemporary world the lessons learned from mankind's attempts to create a state free from social, political, and economic injustice.

This course surveys the history of science fiction with special emphasis on the post period. Science Fiction: An Historical Approach. An exploration of science fiction as a genre of the popular novel. Some semesters it is structured by theme, others historically. Short stories are used to fill out a range of authors, but the focus is on the classic novels. Post Campus, Long Island Univ. An introduction to speculative literature: fantasy, gothic, and science fiction; their relation to each other; the relation of the fantastic to fiction.

Freije, English Dept. Modern Speculative Fiction. Readings in a wide range of 20th century science fiction and fantasy writers. The course investigates the rise and development of modern speculative fiction, with concern for the social, cultural, and historical forces that influence conventions, subjects, themes. It has been some years since the course was taught; I am resurrecting it but have not decided which texts I will use. COMP Science Fiction and the Horror Tale. To examine critically works of science fiction and the horror tale that explore worlds of our inner doubts, wishes, and fears, that speak to our whole culture or to whole aspects of the human condition.

The Best New Horror. Reading, discussion, and written analysis of speculative fiction—novels and stories about humans experiencing the changes resulting from science and technology. FILM: Frankenstein. Studies in Science Fiction. An examination of the genre from its beginnings to the present. Thematic considerations may included man as cosmic puppet, man as minor god, man as nature's destroyer. Preceding is catalogue description; I tend to use contemporary novels and short stories as well as works from the '40s and '50s, regularly the first three of the following list, sometimes one or more of the others.

Collins, English Dept. This course looks at a specific literary genre, science fiction, to explore the relationships between literature and technology. We will explore two major sets of concerns: 1. This first concern will lead us to ask questions about the role technology plays in the texts we read, listen to, and see. The second will lead us to ask questions about how these roles affect literary concerns such as characterization, plot, setting, and so on.

DeJoy, East Ave. GED m. Humanities: A Wholistic Approach. This course is a required part of our degree completion program in Organizational Management, a time-shortened program for full-time working adults that culminates in a B. When I teach this course, I place an emphasis on contemporary literature from many different genres.

When I teach this course in 96 spring, I'll be also including an Asimov short story. It will be one of the robot stories, but I haven't decided which one yet. Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. An upper level course which borrows its title from Ellen Datlow's famous anthology of short stories Alien Sex: Nineteen Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy and it explores human preoccupation with making sexuality "other"—from the ancients on up. The course is concerned as well with the obvious issues of race, class, normalcy and monstrosity, and it looks at fictions about homosexuality as well.

We also view about six films. This course will be taught for the second time in the Spring of Higley, English Dept. River Campus, Univ. This course is equally concerned with allegories of race, class, gender, normalcy, and monstrosity in its exploration not only of what it means to be human, but what it also means to exclude from the category of human: in this respect it is almost the polar opposite of "Alien Sex" in its examination of the machine that is vehemently excluded from the ranks of humanity, at the same time that humanity over the ages is grappling with its troubled physical and emotional relationship to its technology.

A very useful book for this course is Bruce Mazlish's The Fourth Discontinuity , which seeks to show how in the development of science we have had to shed our myths that we are NOT separate or "discontinuous" from the universe Copernicus , the animals Darwin , the subconscious Freud , and our machinery everyone else. Robots and Representation. A graduate course taught Fall It's one I hope to teach again. Speculative Writing. Being a fiction writer as well as a professor, I've also taught the writing of science fiction and fantasy in a lower level undergraduate course.

I offered this one this semester for the second time and hope to be able to offer it again. We compare each era's politics and attitudes within the material. Aesthetics of Science Fiction. This course explores the ramifications of Darko Suvin's dictum: "Once the elastic criteria of literary structuring have been met, a cognitive—in most cases, strictly scientific—element becomes a measure of aesthetic quality, of the specific pleasure to be sought in sf.

The films chosen invite discussion on a mass-market product's ability to convey, via sub texts and sub agendas, serious socio-political criticism. Magical Realism; What Is It? The term "magical realism" is most often associated with contemporary Latin American literature.

Actually, it can be argued that it originated in connection with art. As a genre, however, it has flourished in the literature of Latin America. This course will, first of all, attempt to define magical realism. Then, after a brief treatment of the origins of the term, the remainder of the course will be devoted to the study of several literary works.

Capobianco, Metropolitan College, St. Introduction to Science Fiction. Comparative Literature A. Popular Culture. We focus on film, professional sports, science fiction, fantasy, and cult literature. Because of the subject matter, very few of the reading assignments will be traditional, but there will be a component to the class that will act as a basic introduction to contemporary literary theory.

Advanced Reading and Writing. The second semester in the required composition sequence, English develops two sets of skills: those needed for interpretation of literary texts, and those for presenting written arguments. The sf texts in this section instructor's choice helped achieve both goals; sf stories often highlight a single "element of fiction" setting, theme, plot conflicts , while posing and supporting arguments and conclusions. EGL Themes in Science Fiction. An exploration of how writers of science fiction have used science and technology to examine moral questions, social issues, and the boundaries of technology.

Malhotra, Chair, Dept. Study of the genre from Verne and Wells to the present. Selected works from each period of sf. The pioneers, Verne and Wells; the space operas of the s and s; the technological interests of the s and s; the sociological interests of the s and s; the stylistic interests of the New Wave; and later developments such as cyberpunk.

The purpose of the course is to acquire a familiarity with the history, conventions, and modes of science fiction. Anthrop This course examines historic and contemporary utopian communities as anti-capitalist or anti-systemic movements.

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We will review 18th, 19th, and 20th century attempts to construct egalitarian societies, from the Shakers to the Nation of Islam, and attempt to identify those features of the societies that contributed to either their success or their failure. We will then try to apply what we learn to the design of a social movement to alleviate poverty. EG Objectives of the course: 1. Pol Sci But they can also be serious political philosophy: they raise questions, suggest answers, and propose alternative possibilities or dilemmas about ideals their value for political life, how to analyze them, how to put them into practice , specific institutions such as the law, the state, and the economy , and the life of the individual in society what is freedom and where is it valuable, how do individuals best develop.

At the same time, they should be fun to read. In this course, we begin by reading typical utopias from to the present. Then we will try to write our own utopia, or rather a small portion of a utopia, and use the exercise to reflect on the promises and problems of utopianizing.

After break, we will analyze the anti-utopia or dystopia: the image of a terrible world. We shall ask of them what we ask of utopias, and in addition ask how dystopias suggest readers should respond and act. Then we will use our knowledge of utopias and dystopias to examine one central aspect of contemporary American life, the suburb along with its representative institutions, the mall and the theme park. Post-Modern American Narrative. Cultures circulate stories important to their maintenance and change; humans circulate stories out of a basic need. Long prose narratives have been the preeminent form of story-telling in America, particularly in the post-modern period.

The more recent the narrative, the more difficult it is to be certain of its enduring value—since value turns on convention and tradition as defined through the matrix of class, gender, and race. While tradition and convention set the agenda for interpreting texts, readers also have the freedom responsibility?

Interpretation of a text's meanings and values often stems from an interrogation of the interrelationships between tale, teller, and artist—and by extension of a culture's influence on all three. Utopian Writings. The readings represent an odd mix—some more dystopian than utopian. The aim is to juxtapose themes: nature and technology, theory and popular culture, experience and analysis, science fiction and autobiography, in the hope of generating a variety of perspectives from which to grasp the utopian.

I've chosen readings where the utopian aspect is more ephemeral than concrete. Among the areas for study are 1 the particular relationship between nature and utopia, 2 the place for collectivity in utopia, 3 the function of imagination in utopia, 4 the critical dimension of utopia i. A study of the development of the genre, including speculative fiction, from the turn of the century. Often taught with screenings of films based on the novels covered.

Modern Fantasy. A study of the history and development of fantasy and fantasy criticism in the twentieth century. Course goals: to make the student aware of 1 the nature of fantasy as a distinct type of literature, 2 the various types of fantasy literature, and 3 the critical methodology for approaching fantasy literature.

MALS K Postmodern Science Fiction. Over the last thirty years, at the same time science fiction has become popular with vast audiences through films and TV, the literature has divided into a spectrum of sub-genres, at one end of which new forms of literate sf have emerged. In the s, through the New Wave, science fiction incorporated a new political sensibility and the methods of modernism; in the s, the work of Le Guin, Russ, Tiptree and others used sf as a tool of a revivified feminism; and the s have seen the collision of sf with literary movements from metafiction to magical realism, the growth of Cyberpunk sf, and a generation of writers who self-consciously revisit the traditional materials of sf with a postmodern perspective.

During the same period, writers not commonly associated with science fiction, like Vonnegut, Pynchon, and DeLillo, have moved in parallel directions, reacting to changes in technology, information theory, and social disruptions of the late 20th century, using the devices and icons of science fiction. This cultural and literary cross fertilization is the subject of this course. Eng , The purpose of this course is to increase your understanding and enjoyment of science fiction by tracing its history from its beginnings in the Romantic movement and the Industrial Revolution to its current status as mass-market genre fiction.

We'll examine how its development has been influenced by economic factors and by advances in technology, and discuss today's prominent writers and popular forms. Meyers, Dept. A brief introduction to science fiction as contemporary myth. WC Studies in American Literature: Science Fiction. This course introduces students to the history and literature of science fiction by concentrating on American writers. The student reads sf novels and short stories by American writers. An overview of twentieth-century English and American science fiction which concentrates in the first part of the course on major authors and longer texts.

The second part of the course deals with shorter works and the major themes of science fiction in the last third of the twentieth century. Images of Woman in Literature. An exploration of the images of woman in literature and film. Holley, College La. Study of the social and psychological implications of fantasy literature and works of fiction concerned with the impact of science and technology on the human imagination. A study of the genre of science fiction, from its antecedents to the present, with readings from selected short stories and novels.

Apart from some background lectures, the class will be conducted in discussion groups to which all students are expected to contribute. A study of the genre of fantasy, from its antecedents to the present, with readings from selected short stories and novels. The predominant focus will be upon the category known as high fantasy. Apart from some background lectures and videos, the class will be conducted as a discussion group to which all students are expected to contribute.

Science fiction is our passport to that country—what to read now the deportation orders have been served. The class will consider at least some of the major themes of science fiction robots, computers, aliens, social change, future crime, future war, and human destiny. Some illustrative videos will be shown. Focuses, at present, specifically on science fiction, which is examined in relation to a number of issues and questions: 1 The emergence of sf as a distinct genre in relation to the fears and anxieties aroused by social and technological change.

Does sf offer a critique, or a celebration of the notion of progress? How is our concept of "humanity" in fact constructed? In what ways does sf either challenge, or reinscribe conventional gender stereotypes? What sorts of stories do writers choose to tell about the worlds they imagine? What ideological assumptions do those stories imply?

Ferns MSVU. Utopias and Utopianism. Utopianism is, moreover, the thought-mode through which we imagine, examine, and grasp the future by retrieving the the potentialities of the present as put into play by the visionary arts. Special Topics in Literature. A mini-term slot for experimental courses may be offered but not on a regular basis. It satisfies the humanities requirement. I have taught Butler's Dawn as part of the freshman English composition sequence. See above, page Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Visual Arts. This course explores how artists from various periods in history have combined science with myth, and reality with fantasy, to create strange new realms and images.

Students will examine various theories concerning the influence of magic and religion on fantastic art, the role of technology as a source of imagery, the relationship between dream and imagination, the question of symbolism, and the value of applying fantastic solutions to real problems. TEXTS: not yet selected; course is to be offered in the fall of and is currently in the process of being developed. An introduction to the genre of science fiction and an opportunity to express what you learn in writing and research. The first necessity is understanding exactly what sf is and is not.

You will read and discuss stories by major sf writers and view two films in class. Major emphasis will be placed on the ideas presented and the issues raised. Seminar: Modern Science Fiction. This is intended to be a true seminar in which we will work together to pose and to answer a question that is central to us all. The question that I would like to deal with all semester is the simple question: "Why should people in English studies write about science fiction, and how should they do so? Then we will continue by reading some of my work and work that I have edited about modern sf as it has evolved.

Then you will report on topics of your choice as ways of approaching the question. Hassler, Dept. Biol 3. Biology in Science Fiction. This course explores principles of biology through their extrapolation in science-fiction literature. Relationships between biology and society will be considered, as well as the literary context of science-fiction stories. We will explore the function of ecosystems through "world-building" novels and films such as Dune, A Door into Ocean, and Red Mars. The potential of molecular biology, and its implications for our future, will be considered in Jurassic Park, Mirabile, and Daughter of Elysium.

The relationship between genetics and evolution will be considered in science-fiction stories dealing with symbiotic relationships between biological organisms. Students will work together to design a multimedia interactive science- fiction story which illustrates principles of biology, No prerequisites. A study of science fiction, emphasizing its literary development, its changing treatment of basic themes, and its relation to social and technological trends.

The Science Fiction Novel. A study of the science-fiction novel, examining its changing treatment of and also its literary evolution. A survey of different branches of fantasy, stressing major writers, important themes, and the relation of fantasy to social trends. Random House, Inc. The classic story of a beautiful girl, her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and the fairy godmother who helps her meet the prince of her dreams.

Clarence the TV Dog. Lauber, Patricia. A mother and children are given a puppy that causes all sorts of problems. Middle school age. Martin, Ann. Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. But when something terrible happens to their grandmother, the two sisters discover they're more alike than they originally thought. A phantom phone-caller is breaking into houses if no one answers the phone.

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Calhoun, B. Fenton helps dad figure out identity of dinosaur bones. Complete Adventures of Curious George, The. Rey, Margaret; Rey, H. Complete Winnie-the-Pooh, The. Milne, A. Conquering the Sun's Empire. Exploring the solar system. Count Your Way Through Africa. Haskins, Jim. Learn to count in Swahili from one through ten. Cow-Tail Switch, The. Courlander, Harold; Herzog, George. Western African Folktales. Cranberry Halloween. Devlin, Wende. On Halloween night people of Cranberryport almost lose money for a new dock. Applegate, Katherine. This is a story of a year old boy, Jackson, whose imaginary friend a seven-foot-tall talking cat helps him cope with a family crisis--an impending eviction notice.

Crenshaw is the companion that Jackson needs to realize that the weight of the world is not on his shoulders. Crossing, The. Paulsen, Gary. The story of a Mexican boy on the streets of Juarez who is saved by an American soldier. Crow and Weasel. Lopez, Barry. A Native American tale. Two young men leave their homeland.

Michael gets younger by the minute when he turns back the hands on a cuckoo clock. Dixon, Franklin W. The Hardy boys set out to rescue a friend but find themselves the victims of a human-sacrifice cult. Daisy Rothschild. Leslie-Melville, Betty. An unusual look into the world of the giraffe. Dandelion Slayers, The.

A cottontail family visits the yard across the street and enjoys a special snack. Dangerous Book for Boys. Igguiden, Conn; Igguiden, Hal. For every boy from 8 to 80, covers the essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age-old question of what the big deal with girls is. Dark Tower and Other Stories, The. Lewis, C. The dark tower, with a note by W.

Green and A. Martin, Ann M. Dawn tries to fit in with the Club, but Kristy doesn't like her and she landed a nightmare job. Day of the Pelican, The. Patterson, Katherine. In when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli's life as an ethnic Albanian, changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

Day the Dragon Came to School, The. Tenaille, Marie. Daniel the dragon spends a day in the second grade, joining students in singing, gym and lunch. A tomboy princess flees her kingdom and becomes a dragon's assistant, but her magical problems are just beginning. Dear Mr. Cleary, Beverly. Through a series of letters to his favorite author, a 6th grader confronts his feelings about his absent father and being the new kid in school. Dear Mrs. Ryan, You're Ruining My Life.

Jones, Jennifer B. A 5th grader tries to get his mom to stop writing about him in her book and make a romantic connection between her and his school principal. Death of the Hat, The. Janeczko, Paul. A look at poems through history inspired by objects--earthly and celestial--reflecting the time in which each poet lived. Death's Door. Byars, Betsy. Herculean investigation of an attempted murder leads to a mystery bookstore named Death's Door.

A teenager planning to be a fashion model discovers she has scoliosis. Riordan, Rick. How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Desert Giant. Bash, Barbara. A documentary of the life cycle and ecosystem of the Saguaro cactus and the desert animals it supports.

Diamond Tree, The. Schwartz, Howard; Rush, Barbara. Jewish tales from around the world. Kinney, Jeff. Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's new found popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion. Dinosaurs Before Dark. Osborne, Mary.

Jack and his sister find a magic treehouse which takes them back to see live dinosaurs. Magic Tree House Series 1. Do Unto Otters. Keller, Laurie. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule. Do You Still Love Me? Burg, Sarah Emmanuelle. Carrot is having a bad day. This morning her mommy and daddy had an argument, and she feels terrible. Do they still love each other? Carrot wonders. Do they still love her? DeSoto Goes to Africa.

Steig, William. Expert mouse dentist is called to Africa to work on the sore tooth of a desperate elephant. Dracula is a Pain in the Neck. Levy, Elizabeth. Robert's Dracula doll causes trouble at camp. Is the real Dracula jealous? Dragon Slippers. George, Jessica Day. Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon and unknowingly inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom. In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

Engle, Margarita. Born in Cuba in the 's, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga dreamed of drumming the rhythms of her native country, but was told that only boys could learn to play drums. Finally her father agreed to find her a teacher who was amazed at her talent and helped her change others' attitudes. Millo became a world famous musician who played alongside many jazz greats.

Duck for President. When Duck tires of working for Farmer Brown, he decides to run for President. Early Thunder. In pre-revolutionary Salem, year-old Daniel begins to re-examine his loyalty to the King as the townspeople are further divided. Earthquake at Dawn. Gregory, Kristiana. A historical fiction story of two girls caught up in the aftermath of the earthquake in San Francisco in Easter Egg Disaster.

Ruelle, Karen Gray. Harry and Emily, cat siblings, make a mess when they try to dye and hide Easter eggs. Edad Antigua, La. Peris, Carme; Rius, Maria. Edad Comtemporanea, La. Peris, Carme. Edad Media, La. Rius, Maria. Edad Moderna, La. Edmund Fitzgerald, The. Wargin, Kathy-Jo. Describes the voyage and sinking of the giant transport ship which was caught in a storm while crossing Lake Superior in Nov. Eldest Inheritance Trilogy: Book 2. Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Vaden on their struggle against the Empire.

Freedman, Russell. The timid and lonely child of unhappy parents, her accomplishments exceeded expectations. Elijah's Angel. Rosen, Michael J.

A story for Chanukah and Christmas. Elizabeth Gail and the Music Camp Romance. Stahl, Hilda. How could Elizabeth help strange Kyle and give her best to her piano studies? Ellis Island Christmas, An. Leighton, Maxine Rhea. Christmas is uncertain for Krysia, a Polish immigrant coming to Ellis Island. Elmer and the Dragon. Gannett, Ruth Stiles. Elmer and a flying baby Dragon help the King of the Canaries find treasures. Emily's Blue Period. Daly, Cathleen. Emily's life is a little mixed up. Her dad has moved out and everything is changing.

And now I am in my blue period. Emily's Runaway Imagination. Based on the author's early childhood on a farm in Yamhill. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way. Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown, 5th grade detective, solves 10 mysteries. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. Mysteries and cases to solve. About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More. Gee, Joshua. But beware! Surprises lurk at the turn of every page. Smith, Wardhaugh. Short stories for young readers.

Endymion Spring. Skelton, Matthew. Having reluctantly accompanied his academic mother and pesky younger sister to Oxford, 12 year old Blake Winters is at loose ends. Then he stumbles across an ancient and magical book, secretly brought to England in by Gutenberg's mute apprentice to save it from evil forces, and which now draws Blake into a dangerous and life threatening quest.

Eragon Inheritance Trilogy: Book 1. In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters. Ernie's Big Mess. Roberts, Sarah; Mathieu, Joe. Bert and Ernie argue over Ernie's messiness, so Ernie looks for another place to stay. Lobel, Arnold. Short, original fables with fresh, unexpected morals poke subtle fun at human foibles through the antics of animals.

Face The Fear Mindwarp: Book 8. Ethan, Jack, Toni and Ashley--now stranded in the dark future--must break into the evil Omegas' headquarters to rescue Elena and Todd. But nothing goes according to plan. Will our heroes be lucky enough to escape with their lives? Family, Familia. Gonzales Bertrand, Diane.

Young Daniel doesn't share his dad's excitement over going to the family reunion. What's the big deal? It's just going to be a bunch of old people he doesn't know, sitting around and telling stories about other old people he doesn't know. Once there, though, Daniel is in for several pleasant surprises. Fancy Feet. Giff, Patricia Reilly.

It's not easy being good all the time. Stacy just had to try on the gold shoes her friend brought to school to sell in the class store. Now the shoes are lost, and Stacy's friends think she stole the shoes. Fantastic Mr. Someone's been stealing from the 3 meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief--it's Fantastic Mr. Farmer Boy Little House: Book 2. The life of a boy on a farm in New York in the 's.

Fat Man, The. Gee, Maurice. A poor New Zealand boy is terrified of the Fat Man, who disappeared years ago and has come back for his revenge. Father's Big Improvements. Emerson, Caroline D. Father introduces new inventions to the family home in the 's. Felicity receives a guitar for her birthday from her Grandfather, that belonged to her Grandmother. Felicity's friend wants to join the Revolution. Felicity is invited to a dancing lesson at the Governor's Palace.

Mother promises to make a beautiful new gown for her. As the event draws near, Mother becomes dreadfully ill. Feliz Cumpleanos, Josefina! Spanish Book. DiTerlizzi, Tony; Black, Holly. Children in an old house experience mysterious events and meet up with a mischievous "Boggart. Fig Pudding. Fletcher, Ralph. A growing-up story with humor and tragedy told by the eldest child of a large family.

Fire On Ice. Packard, Edward. Choose your Own Adventure series. You are a boy who's just moved and you want to join an ice hockey team, but which one? You decide! First Book of Stones, The. Cormack, M. Covers types of rocks, formations, what is made from stone, and how to keep your own rock collection. Adventures of Laura as a wife and mother in pioneer times. First Thanksgiving, The. Jackson, Garnet. This story describes the first Thanksgiving celebration and tells how Native Americans helped the Pilgrims through that first difficult year.

Fish Do The Strangest Things. Hornblow, Leonora; Hornblow, Arthur. Describes 17 fish that have peculiar characteristics and habits, including fish that spit, fly, climb trees, blow up like balloons, and sleep out of water. Five True Dog Stories. Davidson, Margaret. Five short stories about dogs who were special. Flash Forward Mindwarp: Book 7. The teens find themselves flung into the future. Fledgling, The. Langton, Jane. The tale of a young girl desperate to fly.

Flight of the White Wolf. Ellis, Mel. The never-ending story of Russ and his Wolf. Fluffy Meets the Dinosaurs. McMullan, Kate; Smith, Mavis. Fluffy the class guinea pig joins the students on a trip to the museum, where he carefully studies the exhibits and imagines tracing his ancestry back to the dinosaurs. Fluffy Saves Christmas. Fluffy the class guinea pig shares the Christmas party at school, goes home for the holidays with Jasmine, and meets Santa twice, at the mall and once in a dream. Fluffy's th Day of School.

McMullan, Kate. Fluffy the guinea pig enjoys himself when Ms. Day's class has a party to celebrate the one hundredth day of school. Fluffy's Thanksgiving. After starring as an ear of corn in his school's Thanksgiving play, the classroom guinea pig enjoys a holiday at Maxwell's home, where he scares Grammy and battles a monster.

Fluffy's Valentine's Day. Fluffy endures a bath and shampoo on Valentine's Day, but when another guinea pig named Kiss is placed in his play yard, his patience snaps. Fly Guy Trilogy. Arnold, Ted. A collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems -- from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun.

These poems just might inspire kids to memorize them! Lisle, Janet Taylor. Fran That Time Forgot, The. Benton, Jim. When her embarrassing middle name is revealed at school, mad scientist Franny K. Stein experiments with time in order to return to the past and give herself a more dignified name. Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist Series. Shelley, Mary. Frog And Toad All Year. Fables of Frog and Toad. From Anna. Little, Jean. Nine-year-old Anna, who has vision problems, moves from Germany to Canada.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Konigsburg, E. Claudia plans to run away for a while to the art museum, where she finds a mysterious statue. Front Porch Tales. Gulley, Philip. Discover honesty, wisdom, humor and depth in these small town stories. A summer journey into the lives of kids who get into interesting situations. Fuzzies: A Folk Tale.

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Garvey's Choice. Grimes, Nikki. This book of poems describes Garvey's uncomfortable relationship with his dad who wants him to be a sports jock despite the fact that he is chubby and not athletically inclined. It describes his relationships with his more accepting mom, his sister who teases him but is supportive and his friendships with boys who share and encourage him to accept himself as he is.

Gathering of Days, A. Blos, Joan W. A year-old girl grows up in New Hampshire in the 's. George Washington's Mother. George's mother always knows what's best for George. George's Secret Key to the Universe. Hawking, Lucy. Adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore mysteries such as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist. Wilcox, Charlotte.

An introduction to this intelligent, fearless dog, which includes its history, development, uses, and cares. Danziger, Paula. Amber Brown is excited to be starting second grade--and a little nervous, too. But Amber Brown decides she's ready for whatever happens, and second grade had better be ready for Amber Brown!

Get Well, Good Knight. Thomas, Shelly Moore. The Good Knight brings them soup from the wizard, but they won't touch it. What is he to do? Ghost Camp Goosebumps: Book Harry and his brother are dying to fit in at Camp but the camp has many weird traditions. Dadey, Debbie; Jones, Marcia T. Great-Aunt Mathilda lives alone, so who's that in the attic window? Could it be dead Uncle Jasper? But who ever heard of a hungry ghost? Fleischman, Sid. A cabin boy on a pirate ship finds himself in San Diego in as war breaks out between the U.

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Plucked from the sea by the most notorious pirate in the Pacific, Shipwreck discovers his adventure is only beginning. Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The. Billy joins the Ladder-less Window Cleaning Co. Goble, Paul. A girl has a special rapport with horses. Girls' Book of Wisdom, The. Dee, Catherine. Collection of quotations from famous women, including suffragists, pioneers, politicians, moms, musicians, athletes, and actors, grouped into categories such as "friendship", "confidence", and "creativity". Giver, The. Explores the possible development of societies searching for perfection.

Go Eat Worms Goosebumps: Book Teenage boy collects worms and has a worm farm in his basement. He enjoys his hobby--until the worms revolt! Goats, The. Cole, Brock. Bullied by their camp mates, a boy and a girl are marooned on an island, but unite, survive, and rise above human cruelty. One reviewer calls this book "one of the most unflinching, important novels ever written for children.

Going For Great. Brockmann, Carolee. Golden Treasury of Mother Goose, The. Retold by, Werner, Jane. Goodbye, My Island. Rogers, Jean. The story of an Eskimo girl and her life on the island. Granddaddy's Turn. Bandy, Michael; Stein, Eric. A young African American boy who idolizes his grandfather walks with him from their farm to town so he can vote for the very first time in his life.

Proudly the boy takes a photo of his granddaddy holding his ballot. When granddaddy can't read a very difficult text, he is told that he cannot vote. Fast forward to the little boy now a grown man and old enough to vote for the first time in He takes the photo of his granddaddy with him to the polls. Grandfather's Christmas Camp. McCutcheon, Marc. Quiet heartwarming story about the spirit of Christmas and love and respect for all life. Seely, Debra. In the 's, 13 year old Thomas moves from the aristocratic Virginia home of his grandparents to a poor Kansas farm to live with a father he barely remembers.

Great Gilly Hopkins, The. An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly. Great Northern Diver. Esbensen, Barbara Juster. Introduces the elusive loon, one of the most primitive birds in North America. The substitute school teacher does all sorts of weird things with electricity, and appliances blow whenever she walks by.

Is she a gremlin? Old, Wendie C. This book of facts and fun provides plenty of information about groundhogs and the origin of Groundhog Day. When helping out a guide dog training school, several people seem obsessed with a dog named Ginger. Gus and the Baby Ghost. Thayer, Jane. Gus, the ghost, and Mr. Frizzle, the museum keeper, have a difference of opinion about the baby ghost abandoned on the museum doorstep. Berger, Barbara Helen. A story of needing others, giving, love, faith and being true. Hailstones and Halibut Bones. O'Neill, Mary. A classic poetry book. O'Neill explores the spectrum in 12 poems with 12 different colors.

Half Magic. Eager, Edward. Four children discover a magic coin that grants wishes by halves. Whelan, Gloria. A teacher comes and changes the life of nine-year-old Hannah, who is blind and lives on a farm in , just as braille is coming to America. Hannah Montana Face-off. Alfonsi, Alice. Miley is faced with a dilemma when her face appears on a billboard with a huge zit. Part 2 -- Miley and her friend on a camping trip.

Hannah Montana Truth or Dare. King, M. Hannah gets a little too involved in a fan's personal life. Part 2 -- Her dad has a reputation for getting terrible birthday gifts. Happy Birthday, Addy! American Girl: Addy, Book 4. Addy and her parents have moved to a boarding house. There Addy meets an inspiring friend, M'dear. Like many people who grew up enslaved, Addy doesn't know when she was born, so M'dear urges Addy to claim a day for her birthday. Happy Birthday, Felicity! American Girl: Felicity, Book 4. As her tenth birthday approaches, Felicity is excited by her grandfather's visit, but she is also concerned about the growing tensions between the colonists and the British governor in Williamsburg.

Happy Birthday, Josefina! American Girl: Josefina, Book 4. Josefina hopes to become a "curandera" or healer like Tia Magdalena, and she is tested just before her tenth birthday when a friend received a potentially fatal snakebite. Happy Birthday, Kirsten! American Girl: Kirsten, Book 4. On a Minnesota farm in the mid 's, the hard working members of the Larson family find time to celebrate Kirsten's tenth birthday. Happy Birthday, Molly! American Girl: Molly, Book 4. When an English girl comes to stay at Molly's during World War II, she and Molly learn to bridge their differences and ultimately enjoy a wonderful, mutual birthday party.

Rowling, J. Harry's 2nd year at Hogwart's--magic, mayhem, mystery. As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear. Harry's adventures at age A notorious prisoner has escaped, and now he's after Harry. Harry's adventures at age 10 when he finds out he's a wizard.

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Anthony Votes for President. Malaspina, Ann. Recounts the suffragist Susan B. Anthony's first trip to the ballot box on November 5, , her subsequent arrest, and trial. Spyri, Johanna. A young orphan girl is sent to live with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Helen Keller. The bestselling biography of Helen Keller and how, with the commitment and lifelong friendship of Anne Sullivan, she learned to talk, read, and eventually graduate from college with honors.

Helen Keller and the Big Storm. Lakin, Patricia. A true incident in the life of the young Helen Keller in which she gets stuck in a storm and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, rescues her. Henny Penny.

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Galdone, Paul. Convinced the sky is falling, Henny Penny and a band of gullible friends march off to tell the king, only to meet their end at the hands of a wily fox. Tongue twisting rhymes and a surprise ending. Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps. Henry worries about what will happen to his big dog Mudge during their visit to his grandmother's house in the country.

Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase. Henry and his dog Mudge tangle with a grumpy goose when they visit a farm. Henry and Mudge In the Green Time. For Henry, summer means going on a picnic and going to the top of the big green hill. Henry and Mudge In the Sparkle Days. In the winter Henry plays in the snow, shares a family dinner and gathers around a fireplace.

Henry and Mudge: The First Book. Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge. Henry Huggins. Henry wants some excitement in his life, and then it arrives in the form of a dog. Hershel's Houseboat. Muchnik, Michoel. Mendel and Rachel have a happy day with Hershel on his houseboat and with their friend Berel who sings about the omnipresence of Hashem for everyone around to hear.

Hey World, Here I Am. Kate relates to things in her world through poems and short stories. High Rise, The. Willard, Nancy. Wanting to prepare a cake for her mother's birthday, a girl receives help in the middle of the night from an angel. Hoboken Chicken Emergency. Pinkwater, D. Arthur goes to pick up the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner but comes back with a pound chicken. Home At Last. Williams, Vera. A book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood.

Homework Machine, The. Gutman, Dan. Four 5th grade students, their teacher and mother, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework. Honeysuckle House. Cheng, Andrea. What does an all-American girl with Chinese ancestors and a new immigrant from China find in common? Honus and Me. Joe gets a job cleaning an attic and finds a piece of cardboard. He's holding the world's most valuable baseball card!

Suddenly he is face-to-face with the player on the card For intermediate readers. Myers, Walter Dean. A former professional basketball player tries to prevent a teenage player from repeating his point shaving scandal. A slave boy and the daughter of a lord run away to the land of the talking beasts. Roberts, Willo Davis. Eleven-year-old Kaci and her elderly neighbor are held hostage during a robbery. Bailey, Linda. A sixth grader "detective" sets out to find a thief who stole money from her mom.

Hover, Herman. How Many 3-Cent Stamps in a Dozen? Palmer, Jan; Gruelle, Johnny. An accident involving a runaway kite and a can of paint threatens to damage the doll Raggedy Ann, but ultimately it leads to her acquiring a red candy heart. How To Steal A Dog. O'Connor, Barbara. Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car.

Her Mama is working two jobs and she is left to take care of her younger brother. What happens next is the last thing she expected. How to Talk to Girls. Greven, Alec; Acedera, Kei. Nine-year old Alec Greven turns the tables on matters of the heart with his unique advice on how to talk to girls. Based on his sharp observations during recess, class, and his own personal experience, Greven gives tips on everything from overcoming shyness to getting a girl's affection.

Hundred Dresses, The. Estes, Eleanor. A Polish girl has only one dress but she brags that she has one hundred dresses. Hurricane Andrew. Clements, Andrew.