Comparative Literature | Science Fiction, Fantasy & Western Tradition
C216 | 1222 | Instructor

4:00-5:15	MW BH 208

In this historical and comparative survey of science fiction narrative
from H. G. Wells to the X-Files, we will trace the origins of this
important genre in narratives of exploration, imperialism, and
anthropology through its twentieth century representations of space
and time travel, biotechnology and eugenics, utopias and dystopias,
thinking machines and human prosthetics, knowledge networks and
retro-futures.  Science fiction has been called "the twentieth
century's most characteristic genre" and one of our primary goals will
be to understand its relevance to our own culture, particularly by
considering sf novels, movies, and television in light of political
and social change.  No pre-requisites.