ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Spring 2019, Section 101 - American Fantasy: From the Pulps to the Present
Instruction Mode: Section 101 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Waitlist Capacity:
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May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course, students study works of speculative fiction produced in America from the period of the pulps in the 1920’s to the present. We consider the cultural and psychological roles played by fantastical narratives as we explore the changing ways they represent iconic fantastical figures: the alien, the robot, the ghost, the talking animal, the monster, and more. What can these characters teach us about American society’s fears, anxieties and desires at different historical moments? What can they tell us about American constructions of otherness? How do fantastical narratives describe new technologies? We will read works by a range of writers, including Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Ray Bradbury, Alyssa Wong, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula Le Guin, Carmen Maria Machado, Philip K. Dick, Kelly Link, and Ken Liu.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include response papers, an essay, and an exam


ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
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101 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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