Middlebury

ENGL 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. (Formerly ENAM 0253)
Subject:
English
Department:
English
Division:
Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW LIT
Equivalent Courses:
FYSE 1162 *
AMST 0253 *
ENAM 0253
FYSE 1003 *

Sections

Fall 2023

ENGL0253A-F23 Lecture

Fall 2022

ENGL0253A-F22 Lecture (Newbury)