Science Fiction (Spring 2016)

COML 2035, ENGL 2035, STS 2131

Science fiction, as Fredric Jameson put it, is “the only kind of literature that can reach back and colonize reality.” Today more than ever, when science and technology have penetrated everyday life in ways that would have seemed impossible only a few decades ago, it has become apparent that science fiction is not merely a literary genre but a whole way of being, thinking, and acting in the modern world. The course explores classic and contemporary works from Frankenstein to The Hunger Games alongside a rich array of fiction and films from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our discussions will position them vis-à-vis seminal thinkers who ask the same questions as science fiction does about ourselves, our world, and our future.