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Science and Technology in Literature
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
We live in a culture in which science and technology influence how we imagine and inhabit the world. The relationship between humans and technology has long been a concern of both literary and science writers who have produced such engaging figures as the raging machine that turns on its creator and the cyborg. What are the limits of our responsibility for the technology we create and use? In this course, we will study literary and scientific representations of science and technology and the people who use it. We will consider how writers' wrestle with such concepts as destiny, free will, and utopia. Genres studied will include speculative fiction, fantasy, science writing, and creative non-fiction. Course readings may include texts by Gibson, Hopkinson, LeGuin, Orwell, Shelley, and others.
Notes: ENGL 2B03 is strongly recommended in advance of 300 or 400 level ENGL courses.
Course was last updated July 29, 2009 - 1:46 PM