CP012 - Cultural Programme - Reading Breakfast: Exploring fantastic ontologies in female contemporary short stories: Reading Sophie Mackintosh and Julia Elliot's fantastic fiction

  • Ciclo: 2019
  • Nivel: General
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Estado: Pospuesto
  • Lugar: ESSARP
  • Capacitador/es: Patricia Veronica Green

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1 03 Aug 2019 09:00 AM 12:00 PM


Patricia Veronica Green

Patricia holds a Diploma and a BA (Hons) in English, from the University of London, and a Master in English Studies from the University of Nottingham. For the past thirty years, she has been teaching literature in English, at secondary level for the A/S International Cambridge Certificate of Standard Education and has delivered teacher-training courses for Secondary Language and Literature teachers. She has also delivered summer seminars on Academic Writing at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM). She has been speaker at the International Book Fair held in Buenos Aires in 2016 and 2017, and at the International Conferences of Literature and audio-visual aids in Foreign Languages in 2015 and 2017, and at the International Conference, Writing for Liberty, held at the UNSAM, 2019, where she has participated as panelist and Chair speaker. Currently, she delivers the Seminar on Postmodernism and Literature for the BA in English, at the UNSAM.


Literature teachers and literature lovers


The fantastic genre has emerged towards the end of the last century and in the last two decades of the 21st Century with a new force that deploys its capacity for transformation, in the way it questions the tenets of the Enlightment through its formal elements, re-signifying the concepts of truth and reason, and challenging the genre’s traditional epistemological duality. During the session I intend to:
• Introduce Tzvetan Todorov’s approach to the fantastic genre as a state or a condition of texts, that foregrounds its epistemological nature.
• Analyse how the reading of Sophie Mackintosh and Julia Elliot texts represent paradigmatic cases of the ontological dimension of the postmodern fantastic.
• Explore the way the texts’ narrative strategies invite the reader to consider the coexistence and interaction of alternative worlds or dimensions.
• Discuss the importance of the strategies in the way these interrogate conventional notions about the nature of reality, fantasy and existence.


• The reading of the following stories is required: The Weak Spot by Sophie Mackintosh, and The Wilds, by Julia Elliot.
• Introduction to the fantastic in postmodernist fiction.
• An analysis of the development of plot elements, such as characterization and plot events as regards the representation of reality


• Introduction and exposition to the tenets of Postmodernist fiction and their relation to narrative representation and interpretation. • A close reading of the short stories and a comparative analysis of the links between the texts’ representation of the ontological dimension of the fantastic, and their challenge to the epistemology inherent in myth and discourse. • Identification and analysis of the genre’s subversive narrative strategies of language, plot and character. • Guided group activities and discussions on the functions of strategies as foregrounding the ontological dimension of the • Critical reading and interpretation of the strategies of resistance, banalization and displacement.


Elliot, J (2014) The Wilds.

Mc Hale, B (1987) Postmodernist Fiction. London: Routledge.
Mackintosh, S (2016) The Weak Spot. ot/

Todorov, T (1975) The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre. New York: Cornell University Press.

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