ENGLISH 342 - Science Fiction
Winter 2020, Section 001 - 21st Century Science Fiction
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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The course that the world 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 we live in is already pretty apocalyptic, and has been for some time. 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 sci-fi and speculative fiction to rewrite our collective future. By tackling the social injustices of the present, these writers invite us to imagine our future differently.

This intermediate-level class will focus on global science fiction from the last two decades, including short stories, novels, and films. Our texts will address topics such as: race, Indigeneity, colonialism/settler colonialism, and the environment.

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Assessment (in-class presentations, short written responses, and a final paper/project) is based on consistent work throughout the semester rather than heavily weighted towards the final paper.


ENGLISH 342 - Science Fiction
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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