Comparative Literature | Science Fiction, Fantasy &
C216 | 11692 | Kristin Reed


CMLT-C 216  11692
Science Fiction, Fantasy &
Western Tradition

MWF  11:15-12:30  BH 138
K. Reed
*Satisfies AHLA*

IN THIS HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE SURVEY OF SCIENCE FICTION
NARRATIVE 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 RET RO-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.