IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Slow Read, The Golem and the Jinni

This semester, Writing professor Katharyn Machan is teaching a new slow read seminar on a more contemporary novel that combines Arab and Jewish folk mythology! Read more below:

Describe your seminar in one sentence. We will gradually read the excellent historical/fantasy novel The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and engage in research into turn-of-the-20th-century New York City as well as Jewish and Arabic mythology, with the opportunity for some related creative writing.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.I work to engage students with intelligent humor and humorous intelligence, supported by generosity.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?I believe students will hold onto a new awareness of how fantasy grounded in historical research can shape fiction.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Open ears and minds—and mouths for wise laughter!”

Want to learn more?I also teach the Writing Department’s course in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy and have done so since 1978. I also teach Honors and ICSM courses about fairy tales. So I am ENTHUSIASTIC about this book!!!!!!!”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.