ENG 2420: Science Fiction

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ENG 2420: Science Fiction
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Department
English
Course Code
2420
Semester / Year
Fall 2018
Course Description

English 2420 combines analysis of science fiction as literature with consideration of the questions science and technology raise about past, present, and future societies. In class discussions and essays, students will focus on the basic elements of literary analysis, the historical development of the science fiction genre, and the thematic concerns of each assigned text. Class discussions will address issues of form and will delve into the cultural contexts that have helped shaped some of the core tropes of the genre, such as artificial intelligence and human/machine interactions, the exploration of space and time, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Attention will also be paid to the ways in which authors have used utopian and dystopian societies of the future to comment upon humanity’s present relationship with science and technology.

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Final presentation  Tuesday 12/18/18.                  Thursday 12/20/18 Chris             […] See Morenotes

Wrapping Up the Semester

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Terraforming

  In science fiction there are many fascinating topics or themes. One of the most interesting […] See MoreTerraforming

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