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  Science Fiction and Literary Theory
  Science Fiction and Literary Theory  
0626-3462-01
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Course description

Science Fiction and Literary Theory

BA Seminar

Instructor

Prof. Elana Gomel

Phone

03-6409683

Office

Webb 510

E-mail

egomel@post.tau.ac.il

Office Hours

Wed. 14-16(by appointment)

 

 

 

Texts:

Novels:

H.G. Wells. The Island of Dr. Moreau

Stanislaw Lem, Eden

The Strugatskys, Roadside Picnic

Philip K. Dick, Ubik

Jeff Vadermeer, Annihilation

Richard Russo, Ship of Fools

China Mieville, Embassytown

Peter Watts, Blindsight

 

Short stories:

Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild”, Ted Chiang, “A Story of Your Life”, Gregory Benford, “In Alien Flesh”, Robert Heinlein. “All You Zombies”, Greg Egan, “Wang’s Carpets”

 

Critical texts:

Darko Suvin, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction;

Mark Rose, Alien Encounters,

Adam Roberts, Science Fiction

David Parrinder, Science Fiction: an Introduction;

Stanislaw Lem, Microworlds

Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future;

 Elana Gomel Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism: Beyond the Golden Rule

 

Other texts may be added/substituted during the course of the semester

Description:

We are living in a world of cyborgs, genetic engineering, instant communication and super computers. This is the world whose essential features have been predicted (and often shaped) by science fiction (SF). Many critics have argued that SF is the defining literature of our era.

In this seminar we will consider SF as a literary genre and as a cultural phenomenon. In particular, we will focus on the narrative strategies that distinguish SF from other genres of literature and consider how literary theory succeeds (or fails) to capture its specificity. We will consider the intersection between SF and science; SF as a popular/”high” genre; and the connection between SF and other media, in particular movies and video games. Nevertheless our focus will be on SF literary texts and their narrative specificity. We will discuss whether contemporary literary theory can account for SF and if not, how consideration of SF poetics can contribute to the development of alternative views of narrative fiction.

 

Goals:  Familiarity with the poetics and history of SF.

Ability to place SF texts in their cultural, philosophical and ideological context

Ability to think originally about SF topoi and conventions.

Requirements:

Class participation, two short response papers, a class presentation, and a final paper (a 5-page proposal for the final paper is to be submitted before the end of the semester).

Attendance is mandatory!

 

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