The university of Glasgow - the perfect place for fantasy lovers
Posted on 18/09/2020

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On top of a hill and boasting neo-Gothic architecture, the university of Glasgow is pretty much a dream place for fantasy lovers. But besides its turrets, statues and cloisters, it has also just launched the first research centre for fantasy, bringing academics to work together. The centre comes just five years after the creation of the first masters in Fantasy Literature.

The perfect setting

The perfect setting
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Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature, Dr Fimi commented: "Glasgow is the perfect location for students in this field! We are surrounded by expressions of fantasy and the fantastic in the university's very architecture. But this is also a future-facing university interested in world-leading cutting edge research which will now include our Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic".

Gathering academics specialised in the field, the centre will focus on studying instances of the fantastic in literature, art, illustration, computer and board games, as well as in film and television.

Thanks to its location in the city's West End and to its unique aspect, the university is an iconic place for visitors in Glasgow.

Scotland, and the UK in general, has always been an attractive place for fantasy fans since it is the birthplace of many writers such as JRR Tolkien, Philip Pullman and CS Lewis. Oxford in particular is a popular place, and Harry Potter fans often visit Edinburgh in order to see some of the story's locations.

According to Dr Rob Maslen, the creator of a masters in Fantasy Literature, "Fantasy can be found everywhere in 21st century global culture - in films, TV shows, plays, games, comics, the visual arts, and literature, from picture books for the very young to multi-volume epics and one-off experimental forms". He added: "The new centre allows us to pay close attention to this extraordinary phenomenon, its past, its present, and its many possible futures."