Fantasy Media in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with Film, Television, Literature, Graphic Novels and Video Games

Fantasy Media in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with Film, Television, Literature, Graphic Novels and Video Games


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A common misconception is that professors who use popular culture and fantasy in the classroom have abandoned the classics, yet in a variety of contexts—high school, college freshman composition, senior seminars, literature, computer science, philosophy and politics—fantasy materials can expand and enrich an established curriculum.
The new essays in this book combine analyses of popular television shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer; such films as The Matrix, The Dark Knight and Twilight; Watchmen and other graphic novels; and video games with explanations of how best to use them in the classroom. With experience-based anecdotes and suggestions for curricula, this collection provides a valuable pedagogy of pop culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786459216
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2012
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emily Dial-Driver is a professor of English at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, and fiction editor of RSU’s Cooweescoowee: A Journal of Arts and Letters. Sally Emmons is an associate professor of English at Rogers State University and the managing editor of Cooweescoowee. Jim Ford teaches humanities, philosophy, and religion at Rogers State University and is director of the honors program. His articles have been published in the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Honors in Practice.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction JIM FORD 3

I. Seeing the Classics in a New Light: Using Fantasy as a Lens in Traditional Classes


Added Interest, Added Value LAURA GRAY 24

Bruce, Bill, and Barack CAROLYN ANNE TAYLOR 33

II. Integrating New Works: Using Fantasy to Enrich Traditional Classes

Flights of Fantasy JIM FORD 47

Fusion Curriculum EMILY DIAL-DRIVER 58

“We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” SALLY EMMONS 74

Critical Thinking and Post-Apocalyptic Literature MARY M. MACKIE 88


Breaching Barriers Between Work and Play SHAKA MCGLOTTEN 123

Fantasy Classics: Hobbits and Harry in Interdisciplinary Courses JIM FORD 138

III. New Directions: The Joys of Fantasy Classes

Hansel, Gretel, and Coraline J. RENEE COX 151

The Fantastic Classroom: Teaching Buffy the Vampire Slayer EMILY DIAL-DRIVER 171

Buffy Versus Bella: Teaching about Place and Gender JACQUELINE BACH, JESSICA BROUSSARD and MELANIE K. HUNDLEY 182

Brave New Classroom: Using Science Fiction to Teach Political Theory KENNETH S. HICKS 203

Incarnations of Immortal Creations EMILY DIAL-DRIVER 217

Conclusion JIM FORD 248

About the Contributors 251

Index 255

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