A person's legs and hands, which are holding a book, next to a cup of tea, a laptop and a cat. unsplash-logoKevin Spencer

Transforming Literature

Fan Fiction, Literary Mashups and Other Canon Fodder

This course considers ways that people take works of literature, classic or otherwise, and transform them into something new. We read literary works ranging from “The Yellow Wallpaper” to “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” to Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as cartoons, poems, videos and text conversations that remake, remix and transform those literary works. We think about what makes something literature, what makes something fan fiction, and what fan fiction can show us about classic works of literature. We also create our own literary transformations, analyze the role of the Internet in fan culture, and experiment with transformative technologies.

Over the course of the term, we will hone the skills necessary to literary analysis, focusing on close reading, strong arguments and precise claims and evidence. Because revision is an essential part of the writing process, you will have several opportunities to revise your writing.

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