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.
Sarah Alexander ()
Dates: July 13 - August 7, 2015
Although the term "science fiction" didn't gain popularity until the 1920s, many of the hallmarks of the genre were developed and popularized in the nineteenth century. In this course, we will explore the development of SF in the nineteenth century in England in order to think about the contours of the genre. What is Victorian SF? What questions does it ask? How does it differ from other kinds of fiction? We will also consider the ways that Victorian SF reflects anxieties and values of its time. We will consider how early SF participated in discussions about science and technology, industrialism, gender, social class, and race and empire. Readings will include _War of the Worlds_, _The Time Machine_, _The Coming Race_, and other early SF tales.
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