Weird Tales of What If: Science Fiction and Utopian Fiction as Social Critique (Bridgitte Barclay)

Course Description:

This course will cover American science fiction, utopian, and dystopian literature and film, emphasizing themes dealing with the imagination of better worlds and worse worlds, including post-nuclear apocalyptic societies and the modern post-9/11 world.  Because science fiction and utopian/dystopian literature expresses what an author sees as possible, hopes is possible, and fears is possible, it is inherently a political and social critique.  We will discuss the causes and effects of these critiques.  Texts will include various novels, short stories, and films.

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