English | Introduction to Science Fiction
L230 | 26963 | Jesse Molesworth

Jesse Molesworth

26963 - 11:15a-12:30p TR (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.

This course is intended as a general introduction to the literature
of science fiction, or, as it is sometimes known, the literature
of "cognitive estrangement."  More specifically, the course consists
of five units--usually featuring one novel, one film, and one
theorist—-each of which focuses on a topic of particular relevance
to the genre: “Monstrosity and Creation,” “Social
Dystopia,” “Genetic Dystopia,” “Aliens, Cyborgs, and Posthumans,”
and “Time and Temporality.”  Along the way, we will explore such
concepts as postmodernism, posthistoricism, posthumanity, the
uncanny, and highbrow/lowbrow culture.  My intention is to foster
not only an understanding of such concepts and their implications
for contemporary culture but also a love for what is surely one of
the most imaginative of all literary genres.

Readings and viewings will likely include the following: Mary
Shelley, Frankenstein; Ridley Scott, Blade Runner; Alan Moore, V for
Vendetta; Terry Gilliam, Brazil; Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake;
Alfonso Cuaron, Children of Men; Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash; Philip
K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch; Stanley Kubrick,
2001: A Space Odyssey; H.G. Wells, The Time Machine.  Assignments
will include regular attendance and participation, a short paper (4-
5 pages), a longer paper (8-10 pages), a midterm, and a final exam.