This course surveys a range of contemporary literature outside of the conventional scope. Students engage in critical readings of major writers from horror, fantasy, romance, mystery, thriller, science fiction and other often marginalized genres. When appropriate, students examine how those stories have been retold or reevaluated in other media, such as film, art, photography, online media or television. Students also write their own works of genre fiction. Prerequisite(s): CREA 262.