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English: SciFi & Fantasy in Lit & Film

ENGS 040 Z1 (CRN: 60438)

3 Credit Hours

About ENGS 040 Z1

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.


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Dates: June 19 - July 14, 2017

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Section Description

Students in this course will explore the development of Science Fiction and Fantasy in both literature and film. We will survey work in both media from the beginnings (including Wells' Time Machine and Fritz Lang's Metropolis) through the present century. Themes addressed will include futurist dystopia, the nature of good and evil, engagement/depiction of the "other" and colonialism, magic, and others. Other authors may include Ray Bradbury, Philip Pullman, and Ursula LeGuin; other films may include Kubrick/Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.

Section Expectation

The course will combine both lecture and discussion. Attendance is required (films will be viewed during class time): more than two absences will have a negative impact on the grade. Readings are expected to be completed for the relevant classes: there will be intermittent pop quizzes, and response writings during each class. Students will collaborate with classmates for a group oral presentation. There will be a final in-class essay written during the last class session.


Attendance and participation are assumed: final grades will center on the work detailed in "Section Expectations."




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