Topics in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Subjects vary by semester. Representative topics: Tolkien's Middle Earth; The Hobbit; Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy. May be repeated for credit with different content.
Deborah Noel ()
Dates: May 19 - June 27, 2014
In this course, we?ll read contemporary novels and short stories in the dystopian or post-apocalyptic genres, and we?ll look at wide-ranging plots. Authors will include Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Alex Garland and Max Brooks, among others. The class will be reading intensive, and students will be encouraged to read at least one of the books ahead of the first meeting. Plots in these page-turners range from Octavia Butler?s look at a historical American dystopia in Kindred, to a human reboot via devolution in Vonnegut?s Galapagos; from the classic paradise-gone-bad story in Ursual LeGuin?s `The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas? and Alex Garland?s The Beach, to surviving a zombie apocalypse in Brooks?s World War Z, and more. (Other Suggested Novels: If you?ve read and liked any of these, you?ll probably like the class reading list: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915) and With Her in Ourland (1916) George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, (1948) Ray Bradbury, Farrenheit 451 (1953) William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954) Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) Margaret Atwood?s The Handmaid?s Tale (1985) Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006) Other Suggested Short Stories Shirley Jackson?s `The Lottery? (1948) Vonnegut?s `Harrison Bergeron? (1961) and `Welcome to the Monkeyhouse? (1968))
Students are expected to read actively the primary texts and online lectures, post reading responses and replies to the course discussion board, help to build wikis for each unit (online collaborative research sites) and draft one 5-7 page web-based research paper on a topic related to our readings.
--10 Discussion Board Posts: 30% --10 Discussion Board Replies: 20% --Wiki-Building: 20% --Research Paper: 30%
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