Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG237H1S L5101

ENG237H1S   L5101   W6-9
Science Fiction
Dr. M. Johnstone
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 803

Brief Description of Course: This course will treat science fiction (SF) as a significant literature and tradition that has reflected and responded to our rapidly changing modern world in distinct ways since the late 19th century. During the term, we will attempt to develop a working definition of science fiction not just by identifying its tropes and conventions, but also by understanding what it does that sets it apart from other genres and from mainstream literature. To do so, we will explore themes of the encounter with the alien (or, Other), dystopia/utopia and apocalypse, and subjectivity and identity, as well as consider the influence of the medium of science fiction (i.e., short stories, novels, graphic novels, film) upon how we define and identify the genre. Overall, we will approach SF as a literature of critique that explores challenging and profound questions about the human condition.

Required Reading: TBA.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: In-class test 1 (20%); in-class test 2 (25%); quiz 1 (5%); quiz 2 (10%); essay (40%).

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