Comparative Literature | Science Fiction, Fantasy and Western Tradition
C216 | 28180 | H. Schreiber
Meets MWF 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
Fulfills A&H Distribution Credit
It's no surprise that the flowering of science fiction in the second
half of the twentieth century coincided with the Cold War. Space
exploration, nuclear arms buildup, and ideological warfare all
contributed to unprecedented fears and possibilities that were often
best expressed through the genres of sci-fi and fantasy.
This course will examine these issues in both the U.S. and Soviet
contexts through the fiction of Stanislaw Lem, Boris and Arkady
Strugatsky, Viktor Pelevin, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, and
Richard Matheson, and the films of Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick,
and Andrei Tarkovsky.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Grades will be based on
active participation, several short response papers, and two exams.