Race, Class, and Gender in ACOTAR

Full Course Title: 
Oppression in the Fae Realm: Race, Class, and Gender in the World of 'A Court of Thorns and Roses'

Sarah J. Maas' bestselling series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, has a major fan following. Many fans love the romance, lovable found family, and fantasy universe; this course will take a deeper look at race, class, and gender in the fantasy world. Students in this course will read the first three books of the series, including A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin and will answer questions like:

  • If there's magic that can conjure food, then why is anyone poor?
  • How do heteronormative expectations play into the construct of fated mates?
  • In what ways do the fae segregate each other based on races and physical features?
  • How does the fantasy depiction of oppression connect to real life examples we see in our own society today?
Course Details
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
167: TR 3:30-4:45pm
Spring 2024
The Arts
Global Issues

Hannah Finkelstein

Hannah Finkelstein is a graduate of two North Carolina institutions of higher education. She matches her teaching skills from her Middle School Education degree from Barton College with her passion for social justice and higher education fostered during her masters program in Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University. After a few years of adjunct teaching, Hannah is thrilled to join the rank of full time first year seminar lecturers. Her goal is to make sure students feel welcome and at home in the classroom to encourage dialogue and conversation around a variety of topics. In the 2023 Fall Semester, Hannah taught Power, Privilege, and Action, a course focused on social change and activism, and Howdy Neighbor: Getting to Know Yourself and Your Community. 

In her time outside the classroom, Hannah enjoys fiber-work, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and longs walks with her cuddly Great Pyrenees, Moose.