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ENG 271

Untangle the challenging form of fantastic cinema…

ENG 271: Introduction to Literature – The Fantastic Film

Summer 1 (online)

What is a fantastic film: how does it differ, for instance, from the literatures of the fantastic–including print-literary fairy tales, speculative fiction (aka "sf") novels, Gothic-descended horror stories, and other wonder-genre tales in writing? Is it the same as fantasy-genre movies, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy or the urban-fantasy animated works of Miyazaki Hayao? Is it simply about magic and wizards – or can it be any cinematic text that gives you a feeling of weirdness, awe, terror?

We will attempt to answer these questions as we collaboratively untangle the contested, boundary-challenging, often colonialistic form of fantastic cinema, paying special attention to how movies and other audio-visual narratives depict issues of gender-sexuality, race-indigeneity, social class, globalization, religion-spirituality, and regional community. In the process, weʻll ask two basic questions: What are the stakes of the fantasy genre, and how does one write critically about fantastic consciousness, as portrayed via the movie form?

Course requirements: 2 exams, 3 short papers, 1 PowerPoint essay, informal Discussion Board posts, and participation.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DL, NI, WI

About the Instructor
Ida Yoshinaga is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English who specializes in screenwriting studies, feminist film theory, and decolonial approaches to the fantastic genre.

For inquiries about the course, email

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 21 – June 29, 2018
  • Summer 2
    July 2 – August 10, 2018
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 21 – August 10, 2018

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 13
    UHM Continuing
    March 14
    New or Visiting
    March 20

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