Over the past decade or so, a growing number of writers have identified their work with the genre called “weird fiction” – a kind of writing that is distinctive from horror, science fiction, or fantasy, but shares certain features with all of these established literary types. By introducing these writers and the debates surrounding the weird, this course aims to provide students with (1) a broad understanding and definition of the function of literary genres and “genre fiction,” (2) the basic outlines of a historical genealogy of fantastic literature, and (3) an overview of the most important theoretical approaches to such work. Short fiction will account for about 70% of the readings, literary theory for the remaining 30%.