Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG196H1F L0101 T2-4
Time Travel and Narrative
Professor Thom Dancer

Brief Description of Course: From H.G. Wells to Star Trek to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, tales of time travelers remain captivating. What does our fascination with time travel tell us about storytelling and narrative? This course will explore the questions that time travel raises about narrative as well as history, temporality, subjectivity, and agency. We will look at examples of time travel in film, television, and books as well as philosophical and scientific writing about it.

Required Reading:  Film: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Star Trek IV, Back to the Future; Television Episodes: Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Venture Bros., Futurama, Rick & Morty. Novels: H.G. Wells, Connie Willis, Ryōsuke Takeuchi, Haruki Murakami.

First Three Authors/Texts: H.G. Wells; Back to the Future; Futurama

Method of Instruction: Seminar.

Method of Evaluation: Quizzes (22%), reading journal (30%), written analysis (20%), participation (20%), presentation (10%).

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