Fantasy, Romance and Religious Quest

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GDAR1066 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

As a literary genre, fantasy can be traced back to the times of ancient civilization with their various myths, symbolic forms, and religious themes. Through studying the narratives of the “high fantasy” genre, this course will address some of the most compelling issues in human life, such as the origin of mankind and the universe, the motion of reality, the existence of spirits, the nature of the human condition, the seductiveness of human mind, the justification of God, and the conception of salvation. GDAR1066 will also explore how traditional Chinese fantastic and romantic narratives – Daoist and Buddhist in particular – seek to answer similar questions with their respective religious beliefs and philosophical thoughts. Meanwhile, the course will examine how some fantasy narratives in the contemporary West – such as those by Le Guin and Wachowskis brothers – have been influenced by Daoism and Buddhism.


Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.