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Winter Interterm Courses

Science Fiction Film and Literature

Science Fiction Film and Literature

ENGL 2708- 4 credits

Dates: December 7-11, 2015
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 10 am - 4 pm, remainder online
Instructor: Billy Stratton & Charlotte Quinney

Description:  Discovery of water on Mars and the increasing legitimacy of Mars colonization movements provide one strand of evidence that the fictional narratives of the past find realization in the future. Science fiction film and literature anticipate and drive the cultural imagination, as well as projecting contemporary anxieties about bodies, technology, politics, and war, into a hypothetical galaxy far, far way.  In this course, we will survey the aesthetic and philosophical conventions of Sci-Fi film and literature, analyzing the genre from narratological and ideological perspectives. From its roots in Enlightment thought, to Italian Futurist cinema, cyberpunk, and self-reflexive posthumanism, students will explore the artistic and economic facets of the Sci-Fi industry, reading classic texts from such writes and H.G Wells, Philip K. Dick, and William Gibson, and viewing seminal films by noted directors including Fritz Lang, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Nolan, and Ridley Scott. 

Contact: Billy Stratton