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The Stories of NYC: Fantastic Fiction with Joy Sanchez-Taylor

Three Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT June 24 to August 5, 2024

Online via Zoom

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Meeting Dates:
6/24, 7/15, 8/5
Online via Zoom

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the establishment of New York City in 1624, we’re exploring The Stories of NYC.

New York City has been the setting of countless artistic efforts, but what is it about the city that makes creators want to engage with it? What magic does the city contain? This reading group will discuss three novels that take varying speculative approaches to writing the city. We will travel back in time to an alternate pre-WWII NYC with a gifted assassin, visit a diasporic community building a new home after their island disappears, and come back from abroad to discover a city that has gained consciousness. This mixture of NYC settings with fantastic or magical elements breathes new life into the NYC story genre by highlighting the variety of peoples and communities that make this city great. If NYC is a city of dreams, then fantastic stories are the ones that can best express its potential to make dreams into reality.

Please read Johnson’s Trouble the Saints in advance of the first meeting.

What to expect from this reading group: Some historical context will open the course and then the discussion will open to the group.

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Led by

  • Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    Joy Sanchez-Taylor is a Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) whose research specialty is intersections between science fiction, fantasy, and critical race studies. Her book Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color (2021) examines the contributions of late twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. and Canadian science fiction authors of color to the genre. She is currently working on a book project titled Diverse Fantasies.