Week Eight

Mythic Fiction and Contemporary Urban Fantasy

Read Neil Gaiman, Ananzi Boys

Alternate Reading: Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. or American Gods.

Writing Assignment: How was myth reinvented within the context of the story you read for this week? In what ways were the myth made relevant to the contemporary world? Remember to add a comment on another student's blog.

In Class Movie: Coraline (2009) dir. Henry Selick, .

Featured Movie: Lady in the Water (2006) dir. M. Night Shyamalan.

Don't Miss More Myths

One of the following books can be substituted for this week's reading if you have read American Gods or Anansi Boys. Read them all and become an adept of the mystical circle of mythic wisdom (or was that the mythic circle of mystical wisdom?)

Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Changer by Jane Linskold
Little, Big by John Crowley
Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean
The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich