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Fall 2017-2018
* ENG 215 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Science Fiction

Alfred Bendixen

An exploration of the ideas, issues, and aesthetic values that mark the development of science fiction from the 18th century to the present, with particular attention to the ways specific texts confront the philosophical questions underlying scientific inquiry and invention, travel in time and space, the creation of life, robots and robotics. The ways in which this genre reframes the basic question of what it means to be human will be the foundation of our analysis of contemporary short stories and representative novels.

Sample reading list:
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Alan Moore, Watchmen
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading approximately 200-250 pages per week. Two short papers (each 1,000-1,500 words.)

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21295 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W        Enrolled:60 Limit:200
21296 P99 TBA        Enrolled:60 Limit:200