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In the light of feminist theory and popular culture studies, this course examines works by women from the seventeenth century Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World to the present Ursula K. We will look at some short stories from early sf pulp magazines, and at works by cult writers like Marion Zimmer Bradley. These are some of the questions we will ask: Is there a women's tradition of science fiction? What is the relation between feminist utopias and sf by women? What problems do women writers have with the genre, especially with masculinized science, the convention of woman as alien, and the tradition of the male narrator?
What debates on women's issues get worked out in science fiction? Why do women writers choose a popular culture form? What is the relation between fan culture and women readers and writers? Focusing on discussion, this course will ask students to participate through frequent reports and panels. Requirements include a one-page book review of a recent novel not read in class which everyone will send to SFRA Review for possible publication , and a series of 1-page proposal abstract, 8-page oral paper, and 15 to page essay, as well as oral reports, panels, and participation. The last time I taught this course, I worked with Melissa Sites and Carale Breakstone, graduate students in our program, to set up a free symposium on sf by women, featuring talks by Robin Roberts, Carol Kolmerten, Joan Gordon, and me, and readings by Severna Park and Carol Emshwiller; the symposium was incorporated into the course through preparatory readings of the speakers' works, attendance instead of one week's class, and a potluck for the speakers.
Surveying a range of classic and contemporary texts in the genre of science fiction, this course will explore the relation between the politics of world making and the technologies of literary representation. Special attention will be accorded to questions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation as these affect the construction of fictional worlds.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA EN CO2. This course explores the impact of new information technology on literature in three crucial areas: 1 Cyberpunk, a relatively new form of science fiction that offers visions of the near future, emphasizing changes in social relations, cultural boundaries, business, and political economy produced by computerization and worldwide network communication; 2 Cyberspace, the ongoing development of virtual environments for education, work, play, and crime; 3 Hypertext, the linked webs of electronic documents that may eventually replace all printed documents, and are already challenging our notions of what reading means.
The center of this course is the point of tension between the sense that cyberpunk is a marginal, resistant phenomenon and the sense that cyberpunk articulates something central to what the world now is or is becoming. Crucial questions for the course include what it means to "be" postmodern, as opposed to being able to talk about the postmodern, and whether virtual realities are fundamentally different from "reality," and change what "reality" means. Another feature of the course, one which attempts to address in a practical way the difference between being postmodern and merely talking about it, is the creation of a class website as a virtual space for the course work.
At present this website is accessible only through Bentley College's intranet, though it may be open to the general Internet in the coming year.
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The class web consists of basic course materials and projects carried out collaboratively by the students. Workshop: Building the Time-Machine. In this course we will explore the prospect of building a time-machine from developing a concept to working drawings and a model.
The results of the course will be proposed as an exhibit to the Science Museum of Boston. Shattuck and Taylor; various books and articles on speculative physics. Telephone Literary Types: Science Fiction. The history and development of science fiction is explored from Frankenstein to the present day. WP Writing sf. An introductory creative writing course. Students begin by reading and discussing published stories and writing short exercises focussed on character, dialogue, setting, point of view, and style.
The class jointly creates a "shared world" and each writes a short piece set in that world. All writing is photocopied and workshopped in class. By the end of the semester students have produced either a substantial story or the opening chapters of a projected novel. TEXT: Dozois, ed. A more advanced course, WP —Writing Genre Fiction, gives interested students an opportunity to continue their work.
Williams, Div. LI A. Utopia and Anti-Utopia. Since the literary utopia was invented by Thomas More in the 16th century, it has been a medium for philosophers, dreamers, political scientists, and satirists. In this course, we will explore both the positive eutopia and the negative dystopia or antiutopia as well as some of the intentional communities based on utopian ideals. An exploring of imagination in tales based on traditional lore and wisdom, and in stories premised upon scientific knowledge.
Warrick et al, eds. Approaches to Literature: Science Fiction. Looking at scientific concepts as metaphor, the course explores some central science-fiction issues: definitions of "otherness" and the bounderies of "self. Modern Science Fiction. This course tracks the evolution of science fiction from the fifties to the present. Writing Science Fiction. This course begins with a series of lectures about the process of writing fiction and the particular challenges offered by science fiction.
In the course of the lectures, students read stories from the Norton anthology and Dozois's current Year's Best sf. Under the instructor's guidance, the students write at least two short science-fiction stories or one novella or the beginning of a novel, if they seem to have talent in that direction. The last half of the semester is given over to roundtable workshop discussion of the students' work. This course traces the development of various science fiction themes, conventions, and approaches from early man-versus-machine tales to alien encounters. We will examine how the genre is a time capsule of the relationships of humans and technology, humans and nature, humans and the stars in all their promise and dangers.
From Frankenstein through H. Wells, through short fiction of the "golden age" s and '50s , to the visions of contemporary writers. An introduction to classic works of science fiction. Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. Science Fiction: Worlds Made Cunningly. The last two dec-ades have witnessed the acceptance—at times reluctant—of science fiction as a legitimate genre of mainstream literature, akin to medieval allegory and romance.
Twentieth-century American sf, in particular, has made an impressive popular as well as academic impact upon culture and its literary establishment. We will attempt to define and explore the history and significance of "scientific romances," "scientifiction," and, more recently, "sf" as reflected in the best representative 20th-century authors: British, European, and American.
Our purpose will be to develop a critical and analytical reading and understanding of various works by identifying and evaluating important and often recurrent themes and concerns. These include consideration of the implications of continued research and discoveries in the hard and soft sciences and technology upon religious, social, philosophical, and cultural values as these are extrapolated by sf authors in their fictions.
Morin, Dept. Fantasy and Folklore. Fantasy is discussed as a genre and mode; various theories of fantasy are explored. Science fiction, variously emphasized, has included works by Bradbury, Clarke. Folklore-and more specifically, the folk-tale—is a significant concentration.
Investigated are the scholarship, criticism and history relevant to folk narrative study works by Aarne, Degh, Luthi, Propp, Thompson, Zipes ; the application of such study to the investigation of ethnic types; the relationship of folk-tales —and especially motifs—to fantasy, myth and science fiction; the comparison of the oral to the literary tale; the revisionist text.
Such topics as "the trickster," "the master-maid" vs. For advanced undergraduates, primarily English majors. CORE C Cultural History: Mars, This course studies the nature, methods, and uses of cultural history by examining in some detail a single example: how scientific and literary images of Mars during the past century have mirrored and expressed cultural ideas and values. The End of the World. Graduate program. LITR In this course, we will examine science fiction as a vehicle for philosophic and technical inquiry.
Religion Topics: Religion and Fantasy. The study of fantastic literature raises important philosophical problems, such as, what is the reality status of the fantastic? The presence of religious themes in much "secular" fantasy and science fiction, and also of fantastic elements in biblical and other religious literature, raises further questions: Is religion inherently fantastic?
Is fantasy inherently "religious"? What are the theological implications of the fantastic? Course objectives: to introduce you to a diverse range of sf literature, to use sf to analyze evolving concepts of our culture, to teach a critical method of reading popular literature, to increase an imaginative response to technology and society, to demonstrate the place of popular literature in ideology, and to have a little fun.
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This course examines the development of the horror film from its beginnings in the silent era to Critical study is given to cultural trends, analysis of technique, and development of the student viewer's critical skills. One of a series of courses under the same number focusing on various film genres. Examines the historical development of the horror film since Texts same as for the preceding course. A genre study of the themes, techniques, and historical development of fantasy in film. The class views a selection of fantasy-based titles from various genres such as comedy, horror, animation, and action-adventure, as well as studying classic and contemporary techniques in special effects cinematography.
Films include titles from Melies to present-day commercial theatricals. Film Genre Study: Science Fiction. Subtitled "Cautionary Tales of the Industrial Age," this course pairs sf films with required readings of several sf novels. Students discuss how science and scientists are depicted in both media and how the themes and lessons of the respective films and novels apply to the present day. Film Genre Studies: Science Fiction.
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With the concurrent rise of industrialism and mass culture, modern audiences have been both fearful of and fascinated with the impact of science and technology on the individual and community. As the most popular and influential of the mass media—due to its unparalleled ability to visually depict what previously could only be described in print or imagined in the mind's eye—film even from its infancy has helped shape our perceptions about the role of the scientist and technocrat in forming our society.
This course will examine how these perceptions were created and sustained in literature and the cinema by examining various key works of popular fiction and film which have been of particular historical, cultural, and esthetic importance in terms of perpetuating certain stereotypical images of scientists and their works. Films which illustrate the development of these stereotypes will be shown and discussed in class, along with an exploration of some of the original novels on which these films were based, including: Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale ; Burgess, A Clockwork Orange ; Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
English acquaints students with popular, modern literature of science fiction. History and definitions of science fiction are given, but the emphasis is on short stories, novels, and films—their questions and criticisms of society, the world, and human existence. LBS E. Science and Utopia. By examining utopian fiction and nonfiction drawn from the past three and a half centuries, this course will study science's influence upon the utopian imagination and, vice versa, the utopian imagination's influence upon the development of science and technology.
Spanning from the English Renaissance to the American Bicentennial, these writers raise political, philosophical, moral, literary, economic, and scientific questions that, variously, support and challenge their societies' and their scientists' images of themselves. That is, in this course we will look at writers who love science, those who hate it, and those who bring to their works a more complex mixture of attitudes towards science.
Some of the specific questions we will study include: What is a utopia? Or, more usefully, what issues and ideas does the utopian imagination explore and how are they explored? How has the utopian imagination responded to the challengings of traditional beliefs by modern science's new questions and answers?
What conflicts have developed between the utopian imagination and the scientific worldview? On the other hand, what opportunities for the utopian imagination has that worldview opened up? What deep fears about science has the utopian imagination exposed?. What hopes about science has it launched? HU The Literature of J. This course re-examines the major works of J.
Tolkien in light of his own theories of fantasy faerie and in view of the works which most influenced him in his writing so as to provide students with a clear idea of his process of sub-creation and a greater appreciation for the magnitude of his accomplishment. The Mode of the Fantastic. A graduate course which will explore the theoretical and textual basis of the fantastic. An undergraduate course exploring the range, variety, and depth of the fantastic from classical to contemporary literature and film.
History Utopian Communities in Nineteenth-Century America. This course examined the European genesis and implementation in the United States of two major community movements, the Fourierists and the Icarians, which were derived from utopian writings. It also included the intersection of Robert Owen, the Owenites, and the evolution of end-of-century membership into Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward clubs.
The course began with an investigation of the cultural settings that advanced these systems during this era. It reviewed the leaders' backgrounds, the underlying rationale for promoting these social alternatives, the publications and means used to circulate communitarian ideology, and the membership.
An Audio Visual on "Utopia" helped to introduce the topic. Early lectures presented a survey of American Communities utilizing time line charts. The two required texts were Carl J. This course is designed to give students an overview of major themes in science fiction and of the genre's historical development in the 20th century with emphasis particularly on US science fiction. Mirrorshades , Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale. English sec. An elective course for upperclasspersons.
There are no prerequisites. We will examine both the history and the diversity of science fiction prose by reading some of the best examples written since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Generally, we will approach each primary text in three ways: through a consideration of its backgrounds scientific, mythic, and so forth , through specific questions the text raises moral questions, questions of plausibility, and so forth , and through the traditional discipline of criticism what is science fiction?
Women and Literature. Study of writing by women in order to explore the concerns of women writers, recurrent themes in their works, and feminist approaches to literature. Rosen, Dept. Writing with Technology. This class is computer-intensive, training students to publish on the World Wide Web and to build text-based virtual reality spaces. The course looks ahead to a time when information will be stored in virtual space, as Gibson's novels foresee.
Paul, MN Literature and Humanity. A course in science fiction with environmental theses. It was developed in conjunction with a series of courses on Humanity and the Environment, which included courses in ecology, biodiversity, and the economics of the environment, science fiction on environmental issues, and a group tour to Florida for nine days to study ecosystems there. Lit Author: Short Course: Le Guin. This five-week course will study science fiction, fantasy, and essays by Ursula K.
Le Guin. English Literature 1 Survey. English Literature 2 Survey. Humn Contemporary Literature. Upper-division humanities course; covers mostly 20th century, mostly American literature, all genres. Norman, Holmes Rd. Eng L. Literary Studies: Science Fiction. Offered on a rotating basis; the topic for L was at least once utopias. I have taught the sf course at least 12 times since My course attempts to do two things: to offer some sense of the history of the genre I always begin with Frankenstein and The Time Machine and to feature as many of the women writers as possible, if only because we are a women's college.
I have also given a lot of attention to the situation of sf in popular culture, with videos and other media. Rotates with Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Mystery. Instructor and syllabus vary. The following is from the last time I taught the course. Theme: Creating tomorrow; this course will focus on sf as extrapolative fiction; the ideas that become familiar to us through reading are less apt to surprise or shock us if they become part of our cultural reality; and we take for granted both the technologies and any problems they create.
Course Objectives: to read both for enjoyment and for analysis of ideas and their presentation; to connect literary style and subject with current sociocultural concerns; to become more familiar with the scientific ideas that have created our technological society. Modern Literature in the Age of Science. An investigation of the way scientific and technological advances have affected both the content and the form of modern literature. Joyce, Afternoon: A Story hypertext , J. Joyce, Finnegans Wake.
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This course focuses on science fiction since but provides students with a historical background via three early novels and several short stories. The short stories are read at the beginning in order to review the principles of reading and writing about literature; the ten novels are divided into pairs that both illustrate some of Gary K. Wolfe's icons of science fiction and reflect different historical periods. Utopian Literature.
This course currently concentrates on British fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, although both More's Utopia and Swift's Gulliver's Travels are examined for relevant background issues. Plato, Campanella, Bacon, Voltaire, and Johnson are introduced through lecture overviews. Fantasy Literature.
In this course, we will read a variety of fantastic literature, focusing on definitions of fantasy and methods of creating fantastic worlds. Students will interact both critically and creatively with the texts studied. L14 E Lit This course is designed to explore how race, class and gender have been represented within science fiction as a function of the genre's presentation of "desirable" social and political futures.
Louis, MO Course goals: 1. Elkins, A Kethley, Div. This course examines the major themes of science fiction and traces its historical development as one of the most popular genres of modern speculative fiction. Significant sf short stories, novels, and films will be studied. This 3-credit course is designed to familiarize the student with the specialized genre of literature known as science fiction. Although sf is only one area of fiction, the study of sf can be used to understand and appreciate all areas of literature. Through the study of this genre, the student should not only gain a better understanding of literature but be given the impetus to examine and strengthen her understanding of self, life, and God.
Religion and Science Fiction. In this course, we will use works of science fiction as a medium for consideration of religious themes. Science Fiction often deals with religious ideas in imaginative and unusual ways, either explicitly or implicitly suggesting views of good and evil, creation and sin, God and the supernatural, the afterlife, and the goals of human history. As sf authors speculate about other times and worlds, they are also asking questions about the values of our time and world. As feminist theologian Sallie McFague puts it, "One of the most powerful ways to question a tradition is to imagine new worlds that challenge it.
Speculative fiction, with more tenuous ties to everyday life than realistic fiction, creates a world in sharp contrast to our conventional one and, hence, simply by juxtaposition questions and criticizes it. Through the study of religious themes in science fiction, students can be led to reflect on religion in a new way which encourages consideration of their own beliefs and values. Film Criticism. HP Twentieth Century Issues Honors. Taught by a colleague.
Through literature such as fiction, drama, poetry, biography, this course will focus on selcted issues such as education, the environment, racism, behaviorism, nuclear war, political leadership and the psychology of leadership, mass political movements, and the use of propaganda. Appreciation of Literature. Introductory literature course designed to increase the student's appreciation of literature with an emphasis on modern literary forms.
Advanced Composition. Training in writing a variety of types of papers with emphasis on writing across the curriculum. English or Sociology or Library Science Science Fiction and Information Control. The future is all that we can change. The storage, retrieval, and dissemination of knowledge has been a constant concern of sf writers and one that has seldom been appreciated or understood.
And, with the ever-increasing application of computer technology and robotics to information systems, the likelihood of knowledge-control by a single person Asimov's Foundation Trilogy , by a government Orwell's , or by a machine Clarke's becomes ever more possible. By means of science fiction one can imagine and examine alternatives to the present course of events. Technological change has a way of creating sociological change. English CO1. What could be better? How could it be worse? Jeffrey Wallman, M. He has more than two hundred novels to his twenty-two pseudonyms in all genres—mystery, science fiction, western and historical romance.
He also has sales of more than one hundred short stories, novelettes, and articles with work represented in numerous anthologies in six languages, as well as television adaption, movie and television scripts. Utopian Fiction. A study of major literary utopias from Plato's Republic to contemporary dystopian fiction. Skinner, Walden Two ; Huxley, Island. Themes in Contemporary Science Fiction. Examines contemporary speculative fiction with regard to scientific theory, technological and social change, political alternatives, and human destiny.
Science fiction and fantasy are two related literary forms, or genres, which have achieved wide popularity in the 20th century. In this course, we will study the history of two genres, read a selection of major works, both short stories and novels, and examine the influence of sf and fantasy on modern culture, including cinema, the graphic arts, and political discourse.
Fried, English Dept. Honors Humanities Seminar. The appeal of science fiction is undeniable, and its forms innumerable, for sf writers place themselves at the intersection of what is real and what is possible, exploring scientific, utopian, and galactic frontiers. The course begins by looking briefly at the history of sf and particularly at sf's American heritage.
Stopping points along the way might include the pseudo-scientific fantasy of Hawthorne and Poe. We might consider the social criticisms implicit in Twain's Connecticut Yankee and Gilman's Herland a wonderfully ironic single-sex utopia. The instructor will provide the necessary background on selected "classics" of science fiction so that students can see the development of the genre across time and traditions: we will touch upon More's Utopia , Butler's Erewhon , Bellamy's Looking Backward , Orwell's , and Huxley's Brave New World. Barbara Patrick, English Dept.
SINT From Shelley to Wells to Le Guin and Dick, the course will examine sf writers' world views and critiques of human nature and society and their use of such scientific and pseudoscientific concepts as entropy and social Darwinism. Fowler, 40 W. Oak St. Science Fiction, Technology, and Society. An interdisciplinary course designed for students with serious interest in the subject matter. Although no previous knowledge is required, the readings may challenge your intelligence and imagination in unfamiliar ways and will certainly demand considerable time and thought.
Bruce Franklin, English Dept. Attempts to refute typical selection of thoroughly canonized literary texts and, however poorly, Americanization of sf studies. A study of the fiction of science and the science of fiction through the reading of authors from Mary Shelley to William Gibson. Fantasy Stories ; Le Guin and Attebery, eds.
Offered every other spring. Graduate students are expected to prepare two long research papers using ENMU's Golden Library Science Fiction Collection of early pulp and contemporary fiction and criticism. Undergraduates and graduates prepare weekly reaction papers addressing course readings. Undergraduates write two page critical essays on a theme of sf. English A. Science fiction accurately reflects longings, fears, projections, stereotypes, and other such concerns. Sf philosophizes on what it is to be human though sometimes clothed in strange flesh.
In short, sf, a vigorous subgenre, is literature, and can be read and analyzed profitably. This course will investigate sf, broadly defined, as it has appeared from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein till near the present. The approach will be eclectic, with the intent of investigating, among others, such topics as the history of sf, its styles and categories, its female and male components.
There are, of course, more. Eller, Office of the Provost, Binghamton Univ. HIST History of the Future. Analysis of recent research by social and natural scientists on the shape of things to come, fortified by scenarios drawn from sf and sf films. War: Past and Future.
An overview of the history and causes of warfare, followed by an exploration of the kinds of wars most likely to occur in the next century and the prospects for world peace. Modern European Thought. The history of the European mind since the Renaissance, with special attention to its visions of the best and worst society. Senior Seminar C. Brave New Worlds. This course is intended to stimulate thinking about ways to restructure and improve the social order. Using the above material, this course will ask students to apply to the contemporary world the lessons learned from mankind's attempts to create a state free from social, political, and economic injustice.
This course surveys the history of science fiction with special emphasis on the post period. Science Fiction: An Historical Approach. An exploration of science fiction as a genre of the popular novel. Some semesters it is structured by theme, others historically. Short stories are used to fill out a range of authors, but the focus is on the classic novels. Post Campus, Long Island Univ. An introduction to speculative literature: fantasy, gothic, and science fiction; their relation to each other; the relation of the fantastic to fiction.
Freije, English Dept. Modern Speculative Fiction. Readings in a wide range of 20th century science fiction and fantasy writers. The course investigates the rise and development of modern speculative fiction, with concern for the social, cultural, and historical forces that influence conventions, subjects, themes. It has been some years since the course was taught; I am resurrecting it but have not decided which texts I will use.
COMP Science Fiction and the Horror Tale. To examine critically works of science fiction and the horror tale that explore worlds of our inner doubts, wishes, and fears, that speak to our whole culture or to whole aspects of the human condition. The Best New Horror.
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Reading, discussion, and written analysis of speculative fiction—novels and stories about humans experiencing the changes resulting from science and technology. FILM: Frankenstein. Studies in Science Fiction. An examination of the genre from its beginnings to the present.
Thematic considerations may included man as cosmic puppet, man as minor god, man as nature's destroyer. Preceding is catalogue description; I tend to use contemporary novels and short stories as well as works from the '40s and '50s, regularly the first three of the following list, sometimes one or more of the others. Collins, English Dept. This course looks at a specific literary genre, science fiction, to explore the relationships between literature and technology.
We will explore two major sets of concerns: 1. This first concern will lead us to ask questions about the role technology plays in the texts we read, listen to, and see. The second will lead us to ask questions about how these roles affect literary concerns such as characterization, plot, setting, and so on. DeJoy, East Ave. GED m. Humanities: A Wholistic Approach. This course is a required part of our degree completion program in Organizational Management, a time-shortened program for full-time working adults that culminates in a B.
When I teach this course, I place an emphasis on contemporary literature from many different genres. When I teach this course in 96 spring, I'll be also including an Asimov short story. It will be one of the robot stories, but I haven't decided which one yet. Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. An upper level course which borrows its title from Ellen Datlow's famous anthology of short stories Alien Sex: Nineteen Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy and it explores human preoccupation with making sexuality "other"—from the ancients on up.
The course is concerned as well with the obvious issues of race, class, normalcy and monstrosity, and it looks at fictions about homosexuality as well. We also view about six films. This course will be taught for the second time in the Spring of Higley, English Dept. River Campus, Univ. This course is equally concerned with allegories of race, class, gender, normalcy, and monstrosity in its exploration not only of what it means to be human, but what it also means to exclude from the category of human: in this respect it is almost the polar opposite of "Alien Sex" in its examination of the machine that is vehemently excluded from the ranks of humanity, at the same time that humanity over the ages is grappling with its troubled physical and emotional relationship to its technology.
A very useful book for this course is Bruce Mazlish's The Fourth Discontinuity , which seeks to show how in the development of science we have had to shed our myths that we are NOT separate or "discontinuous" from the universe Copernicus , the animals Darwin , the subconscious Freud , and our machinery everyone else. Robots and Representation. A graduate course taught Fall It's one I hope to teach again.
Speculative Writing. Being a fiction writer as well as a professor, I've also taught the writing of science fiction and fantasy in a lower level undergraduate course. I offered this one this semester for the second time and hope to be able to offer it again. We compare each era's politics and attitudes within the material.
Aesthetics of Science Fiction. This course explores the ramifications of Darko Suvin's dictum: "Once the elastic criteria of literary structuring have been met, a cognitive—in most cases, strictly scientific—element becomes a measure of aesthetic quality, of the specific pleasure to be sought in sf. The films chosen invite discussion on a mass-market product's ability to convey, via sub texts and sub agendas, serious socio-political criticism. Magical Realism; What Is It? The term "magical realism" is most often associated with contemporary Latin American literature.
Actually, it can be argued that it originated in connection with art.