One of the more common misconceptions in the teaching profession is that professors who use popular culture and fantasy in the classroom have abandoned the classics. However, in a variety of contexts--from high school to college, freshman composition to senior seminars, English language and literature to computer science, philosophy and politics--fantasy materials can expand and enrich an established curriculum. These essays combine close analyses of popular television shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer; such films as The Matrix, The Dark Knight and Twilight; Watchmen and other graphic vels; and video games; with explanations of how best to use these and similar works in the classroom. With experience-based anecdotes and helpful suggestions for course curricula, this collection provides a valuable pedagogy of pop culture.
Emily Dial-Driver is a professor of English at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, and fiction editor of RSU's Cooweescoowee: A Journal of Arts and Letters. Sally Emmons is an associate professor of English at Rogers State University and the managing editor of Cooweescoowee. Jim Ford teaches humanities, philosophy, and religion at Rogers State University and is director of the honors program. His articles have been published in the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Honors in Practice.