ANG1750 Science-Fiction and FantasySummer 2005
This intensive summer course introduces students to the important literary and cinematic genres of Science Fiction. This survey will begin with Margaret Atwood’s dystopic novel The Handmaid’s Tale, and conclude with a discussion of the 1984 cyberpunk novel Neuromancer and the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded. Topics to be explored in class around the central theme—visions of the Future—include representations of the body, definitions of the self, race and sexuality, gender identity, and interpretations of the world (the ‘real’ one vs a virtual equivalent). This course will include authors from England, the USA, Japan, and Canada, and materials ranging from novels to films and graphic novels. Five films will be shown as part of this course: Star Wars, Blade Runner, Equilibrium, and The Matrix Reloaded. Examinations will cover both literary texts and films.
Reading and Viewing List (in order)
- Star Wars. George Lucas (1977)
- Josh Whedon, and Karl Moline.Fray: Future Slayer (2003) ISBN 1569717516
- Equilibrium. Dir. Kurt Wimmer (2002)
- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1978) ISBN 0770428207
- Blade Runner. Dir. Ridley Scott (1982)
- Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) ISBN 0345404475
- Parasite Dolls. Dir. Kazuto Nakazawa (2002)
- Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell (1995) ISBN 1569710813
- Robert J. Sawyer, The Terminal Experiment (1995). ISBN 0061053104
- The Matrix Reloaded. Dir. The Wachowski Brothers (2003)
- William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984) ISBN 0441569595
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