AMST 0253

Science Fiction

Science Fiction
Time travel, aliens, androids, robots, corporate and political domination, reimaginings of race, gender, sexuality and the human body--these concerns have dominated science fiction over the last 150 years. But for all of its interest in the future, science fiction tends to focus on technologies and social problems relevant to the period in which it is written. In this course, we'll work to understand both the way that authors imagine technology's role in society and how those imaginings create meanings for science and its objects of study and transformation. Some likely reading and films include Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, and works by William Gibson, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler and other contemporary writers. (Students who have taken FYSE 1162 are not eligible to register for this course). 3 hrs. lect./disc.
American Studies
Program in American Studies
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
ENGL 0253
FYSE 1003 *
FYSE 1162 *
ENAM 0253


Fall 2022

AMST0253A-F22 Lecture (Newbury)

Spring 2021

AMST0253A-S21 Lecture (Newbury)
AMST0253Y-S21 Discussion (Newbury)
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Fall 2019

AMST0253A-F19 Lecture (Newbury)

Fall 2018

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Spring 2014

AMST0253A-S14 Lecture (Newbury)

Spring 2012

AMST0253A-S12 Lecture (Newbury)

Fall 2008

AMST0253A-F08 Lecture (Newbury)

Fall 2006

AMST0253A-F06 Lecture (Newbury)