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Spring 2017-2018
COM 537 / ENG 537 / HOS 537   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Imaginary Worlds: Early Modern Science Fiction

Rhodri Lewis

Science fiction (SF) writing may seem a definitively modern phenomenon, but it has a rich and varied history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In this course, we examine early modern SF not only a vehicle for popularizing the new philosophy of the "scientific revolution," but as a space for the interrogation of competing beliefs about the relationships between humankind and the cosmos, knowledge and belief, or public and private living. Through early modern SF, we explore the self-consciously literary and poetic ways in which early modern natural philosophers worked through their ideas. No "two cultures" here.

Sample reading list:
Thomas More, Utopia
Tommaso Campanella, City of the Sun
Francis Bacon, New Atlantis
Johannes Kepler, The Dream
Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World
Gabriel de Foigny, A New Discovery of Terra Incognita Australis
See instructor for complete list

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43605 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:30:00 pm Th   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:10 Limit:15