Comparative Literature | Science Fiction, Fantasy & Western Traditions
C216 | 3207 | Ai


MW 4:00-5:15 BU 304

*Satisfies AHLA*

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
DYSTOPIA, 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 SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS, MOVIES,
AND TELEVISION IN LIGHT OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE.  NO PRE-
REQUISITES.