Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A05. Magic, Texting and Identity

Humans have always reached out to each other and told stories about themselves. Myths, memoirs, epics, biographies, novels — all these traditional literary forms are vehicles for telling stories, creating identity, and relating to those in our community. Where does texting fit into this storytelling tradition? Is the ephemeral status of texting a strength, or a weakness? Are there other ways we can tell our stories to those around us? In this seminar we will study a wide variety of texts that tell stories of individual growth and personal discovery. These stories that come both from antiquity and from contemporary times all understand the world through a lens of magic or the supernatural. We will explore why we tell stories that stray so far from reality, and examine the role that magic — and technology — play in how we understand ourselves, and how we relay this understanding to others.

Nancy EvansNancy Evans
Associate Professor of Classics