ENGL 407 A: Special Topics In Cultural Studies

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
SMI 407
SLN: 
14376
Instructor:
Tom Foster
Tom Foster

Syllabus Description:

Schedule of readings:

All stories and essays not included in the books ordered for the class are available on the Canvas site for the course, in the form of pdf files.  Suggested readings are not required; I will not assume you have read the suggested materials, but will refer to them in class.

 

Week 1.

January 3: Introduction to the course              

January 5: Darko Suvin, chapters 1 and 4, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction                       

Tom Moylan, chapter 1, Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination                                                                                                                                             

Sofia Samatar, “The Red Thread”; available on the "Files" page, but also available online at http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-red-thread/

 

Week 2.

January 10: Ted Chiang, The Lifecycle of Software Objects, available online at

http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/fall_2010/fiction_the_lifecycle_of_software_objects_by_ted_chiang/

Suggested only: Tom Moylan, chapter 2, Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination

 

January 12: Chiang, The Lifecycle of Software Objects

                    Bruce Sterling, “Maneki Neko”

                    Benjamin Rosenbaum, “The Guy Who Worked for Money,” available online at http://www.shareable.net/blog/the-guy-who-worked-for-money

                    Eugie Foster, “Whatever Skin You Wear”

Suggested only: Naomi Kritzer, "Cat Pictures Please," available online at http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/

 

Week 3.

January 17: Samuel R. Delany, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

January 19: Delany, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

Suggested only: Tom Moylan, chapter 3, Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the  Utopian Imagination

 

Week 4.

January 24: Delany, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

January 26: Delany, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

 

Week 5.

January 31: Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

February 2: Stephenson, Seveneves

 

First papers due, by email, by 5 p.m., on Friday, February 3

 

Week 6.

February 7: Stephenson, Seveneves

February 9: Stephenson, Seveneves

 

Week 7.

February 14: N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

February 16: Jemisin, The Fifth Season

 

Week 8.

February 21: Nisi Shawl, Everfair

February 23: Shawl, Everfair

 

Week 9:

February 28: Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice

March 2: Leckie, Ancillary Justice

 

Week 10:

March 7: Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

March 9: Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

 

Final papers due, by email, by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, March 15

Catalog Description: 
Advanced work in cultural studies.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 10:30pm