HTY 199: Problems in History: History and Fantasy Literature

Instructor: Professor Kara Peruccio

Days/Time:  MWF 12:00-12:50PM

Course Number: 23955

Location: Stevens 155

Description: This course provides an introduction to fantasy literature, and then uses contemporary 21st century novels to engage with some of the major topics and themes that are encountered in the field of Middle Eastern history. Through our major texts–Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (2020), The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (2018), and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark (2019)–we will explore how fantasy texts published within the past 5 years provide accessible and active engagement with historical subjects, events, people, and ideas. Not only will we examine how these stories interpret and present history, but we will also analyze them as a space for cultural, social, and political commentary of today. We will discuss themes such as gender and sexuality, empire and colonialism, religion, politics and political discourse, and more. All are welcome!

General Education Requirements:  This course does not satisfy any of the General Education requirements.