ENG 2420: Science Fiction

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ENG 2420: Science Fiction
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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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This course was created by: Jill Belli

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Notes 12/18/18

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Comment on "People’s Choice Posts #5: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’"

Congrats to Pedro, for being voted "People's Choice" (as well as Professor's Pick for this text!). See MoreComment on "People’s Choice Posts #5: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’"

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Congrats to Karen & Sheng, for tying for "People's Choice"! See MoreComment on "People’s Choice Posts #6: ‘Westworld’"

Comment on "A “Handmade Tale”"

Excellent post Pedro! This is definitely one of the "Professor's Picks" :) See MoreComment on "A “Handmade Tale”"

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