Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Starnaman, Sabrina
Discipline and Number
LIT 3311 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Description of Course:

This course is a survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries that specifically explores body and identity in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Science fiction and fantasy stories are uniquely situated for exploring the nature of corporeal embodiment, because they push the human form beyond the limits of reality and incorporate non-human entities. Texts for study will include short stories, novels, poetry, critical essays, and films.

We will watch and discuss Gattaca and Bladerunner in class.

Required Texts:

The Road to Science Fiction, Vol. 3: From Heinlein to Here. Gunn, James, ed. 2002.
Perdido Street Station. Miéville, China.
Geek Love. Dunn, Katherine.
The Left Hand of Darkness. LeGuin, Ursula K.
Nights at the Circus. Carter, Angela.

Online course readings include:
Lovecraft, H.P. “The Shadow over Innsmouth.” 1931.
Bear, Greg. “Blood Music.” 1983.

All books are available at Off Campus Books.
561 West Campbell Road Ste 201 (behind Fuzzy's Taco)
Richardson, Texas 75080

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Short Reader Response Assignments
Reading Quizzes
Final Analytical Paper or Creative Project

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