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Introduction to Literary Study: Fabulous Creatures

An amphibious biped named Larry. A vampire with a thing for Tarot cards. A famously morose beetle. In this course, we’ll encounter a host of literary hybrids—varied and various blends of the human, the supernatural, and the “beastly”—who, in teasing the credible, test our definitions of rationality and identity. Throughout the semester, we’ll develop and put into practice the critical skills of close reading, interpretation, and analysis in order to consider how writers construct these fabulous creatures—and to what ends.

Course Number

ENGL 190 C1

Course Number (Cross Listing 1)

CPLT190 C1


Abbate, Francesca M.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online course meetings three times each week. Attendance at synchronous activities is not required at the assigned course time. Asynchronous activities will include recorded lectures and other videos, as well as writing assignments. Students will also meet in small groups that they schedule themselves.

Time Slot

Mid Morning



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