Comparative Literature | Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Western Tradition
C216 | 1203-1204 | Kearns


AHLA credit
1203	MW	4:00-5:15        BH 208	
1204	TR	4:00-5:15        BH 331     Kearns
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.