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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 53706
Selected Emphases in Fiction:
Revisionist Fictions

Instructor: Ted Morrissey

Class Type: Literature

Course Description:
In the sciences, it is commonplace to think of current researchers as building on the work of previous scientists (of “standing on the shoulders of giants,” as Sir Isaac Newton famously phrased it in 1676). However, this phenomenon is not limited to the sciences. Writers often have been inspired by the work of earlier authors to produce what has become known as “revisionist” texts (stories, novels, poems, plays); that is, they write narratives that are sequels or prequels to the original, or they tell the story from a different point of view, or in a different literary style. In this course we will study some originating texts and then works they have spawned. Among other issues, we will analyze the techniques that contemporary authors employ to synthesize the original into their own unique creations. If writers think of all that has come before as potential sources of inspiration, it opens innumerable possibilities for their own creative efforts.

Textbooks:

Barabbas
Lagerkvist
ISBN 9780679725442

Grendel
Gardner
ISBN 9780679723110

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stevenson
ISBN 9780486266886

Mary Reilly
Martin
ISBN 9780375725999

Beowulf
Liuzza
ISBN 9781554810642

The Testament of Mary
Toibin
ISBN 9781451692389

Grendel's Mother
Morrison
ISBN 9781785350092

Recommended text:
New Oxford Annotated Bible
4th Edition
ISBN 9780195289602
(a different bible may be used for reference in this class)

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301