ENGL 407 A: Special Topics in Cultural Studies

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
MOR 221
SLN: 
13864
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, unless otherwise noted below.  Links to readings available online can be found below.  Suggested readings are not required; I will not assume you have read the suggested materials, but will refer to them in class. They are included primarily for students who are especially interested in the topic of the day’s class.

 

Week 1.

March 26: Introduction to the course

 

March 28: Lyman Tower Sargent, “Three Faces of Utopianism Revisited”; available online at https://www.jstor.org/stable/20719246

                    Darko Suvin, “Defining the Literary Genre of Utopia,” chapter 3 from Suvin, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction

 

 

Week 2.

April 2: Sofia Samatar, “The Red Thread”; available on the "Files" page, but also available online at http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-red-thread/      

              Bruce Sterling, “Maneki Neko”

              James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon), “The Women Men Don’t See”

              Ted Chiang, “Liking What You See: A Documentary” 

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

           

April 4: Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward: 2000-1887

 

 

Week 3.

April 9: Bellamy, Looking Backward: 2000-1887

 

April 11: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland, in Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Herland, And Selected Writings

 

 

Week 4.

April 16: Gilman, Herland

 

April 18: Joanna Russ, The Female Man

Suggested only: Frances Bartkowski, Feminist Utopias, “Introduction”

 

 

Week 5.

April 23: Russ, The Female Man

                Tom Moylan, “The Literary Utopia,” chapter 3 of Moylan, Demand the Impossible

Suggested only: Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

 

April 25: Terry Bisson, Fire on the Mountain

 

 

First papers due, by email, by 5 p.m., on Friday, April 27

 

 

Week 6.

April 30: Bisson, Fire on the Mountain\

 

May 2: Nisi Shawl, Everfair

 

 

Week 7.

May 7: Shawl, Everfair

Suggested only: Kodwo Eshun, “Further Considerations on Afrofuturism”; available online at https://muse.jhu.edu/article/48294

 

May 9: Lavie Tidhar, Central Station

 

 

Week 8.

May 14: Tidhar, Central Station

 

May 16: Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

 

 

Week 9.

May 21: Butler, Parable of the Sower

                Tom Moylan, “The Critical Dystopia”

 

 

May 23: N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

 

Week 10.

May 28: No class; Memorial Day holiday

May 30: Jemisin, The Fifth Season

 

 

Final papers due, by email, by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, June 6

Catalog Description: 
Advanced work in cultural studies.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 10:20pm