ENGLISH 318 - Genre Studies
Section: 001 New Radical Science Fiction
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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The course that North America is on in the present moment can make imagining a liveable future seem like an impossible task: an increasing gap between rich and poor, continued warfare, and the looming disaster of environmental collapse. One response to this by writers has been to represent an apocalyptic future, often including zombies, climate catastrophes, and biological pandemics.

This seminar is not about these writers. This seminar is about other writers – typically minority writers – who argue that the world is already pretty apocalyptic in 2017. Rather than the relative luxury of being able to imagine a future-world that is worse than ours, these writers choose to use the imaginative potential of science fiction to rewrite our collective future. By tackling the social injustice of the present, these writers invite us to imagine our future differently.

Specifically, this intermediate literature class will focus on contemporary science fiction from the 1990s to the present including short stories, novels, and films. Our texts will address topics such as: race, indigeneity, LGBTQIA+ and gender rights, mass incarceration and police violence, immigrant rights, and environmental devastation.

ENGLISH 318 - Genre Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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