FYF@Innis Seminars

Time Travel & Narrative

Professor: Thom Dancer
Subject: English
Course Code: ENG197H1F

Seminar description

From H.G. Wells to Star Trek to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, tales of time travelers remain captivating. What does our fascination with time travel tell us about storytelling and narrative? This course will explore the questions that time travel raises about narrative as well as history, temporality, subjectivity, and agency. We will look at examples of time travel in film, television, and books as well as philosophical and scientific writing about it.

Get to know your professor

Thom Dancer

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You can call me…

Professor Dancer

For my undergraduate degree…

I studied literature, Russian language and literature, astronomy, and opera at the University of Maryland.

My hometown is…​

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I am surprisingly good at…

Sailing and navigation

Fun fact:

I went to space camp.

A fun fact about my field of study is…

Story telling and narratives are a basic fact of human consciousness! We can’t do anything in personal, professional, or social life without stories!

In a sentence, what you’ll learn in my course:

To think new thoughts!

One of my favourite things about teaching first-year students is…

They have the best attitude and excitement!

My best advice for those starting their first year…

Take lots of different things!

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: ENG196H1, ENG198H1, ENG199H1
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Creative & Cultural Representations (1)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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