ENGL 37: SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE: REIMAGINEERING REALITY
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area I: Humanities|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Compare/contrast similar tropes, forms, or themes across cultures/history
- Apply basic literary terminologies, theories, categories, motifs, and genres appropriate to an introductory college-level discussion of literature and art.
The student will be able to:
A. Situate the rise of science fiction art--paintings, visual texts, novels, short stories, poems, films, and plays--in global, historical, and literary contexts.
B. Apply basic literary terminologies, theories, categories, motifs, and genres appropriate to an introductory college-level discussion of literature and art.
C. Appraise the value, cross-cultural significance, and meaning of science fiction as a growing field of artistic expression, especially through its literary manifestations.
A. Situate the rise of science fiction art--paintings, visual texts, novels, short stories, poems, and plays--in global, historical, and literary contexts
1. History of science fiction, early tropes and themes
a. Narrative hints before the genre
b. Arrival in Enlightenment/Age of Reason, confronting religious paradigms
c. Images of technology: fire to iPhones, wheel to warpdrive
2. Defining science fiction
a. Broader than a genre: a field
b. Consider many definitions of field and sub genres, such as hard/soft sci-fi, cyberpunk, dystopia, futuristic, space exploration, space opera, (post) apocalyptic, climate fiction, feminist sci-fi, superhuman, steampunk, biopunk, time travel, sci-fi poetry & music, alternate history, Kaiju, etc.
3. Variety of forms and emerging forms
a. Age of Reason and early narratives in science fiction (19th-20th century)
b. Art forms: painting, literature, poetry, etc.
d. Film: consider rise of film as artistic representation of the many tropes of sci-fi
B. Apply basic literary terminologies, theories, categories, motifs, and genres appropriate to an introductory college-level discussion of literature and art
1. Application of literary theory to science fiction
2. Modern Criticism: New Critical and Structural criticism
a. Plot, theme, structures
b. Imagery, symbol, metaphor
3. Post-Modern Criticism, such as Deconstruction, Feminist, Post-colonialism, Marxist, Psychoanalytical, and other literary theory
a. Multiplicity of meanings through different lenses appropriate to textual/visual analysis
4. Visual analysis (film/art/comics)
a. Composition, contrast, point of view, framing, sound, music
b. Compare literature meaning making to film
5. Genre analysis, such as hard/soft sci-fi, cyber/biopunk, time travel, alternate history, (post) apocalyptic, space exploration, social science fiction, climate fiction
C. Appraise the value, cross-cultural significance, and meaning of science fiction as art in various times and places
1. Critique and analyze science fiction narratives across cultures
2. Separate content/form in cultural settings
3. Socio-cultural issues addressed through science fiction
4. Compare/contrast similar tropes, forms, or themes across cultures/history
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. At least two critical papers and/or essay exams.
B. Quizzes, journals, midterm, oral reports, and/or final exam.
C. Participation in classroom discussion.
Method(s) of Instruction
C. Small group activities
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
The following is a list of potential texts used for this course:
Roberts, A. The History of Science Fiction. Palgrave, 2007.
Vint, Sherryl. Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed. Bloomsbury, 2014.
Seed, David. Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford Press, 2011.
Imarisha, Walidah. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. AK Press, 2015.
James, Edward, and Farah Mendlesohn, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Cambridge, 2003.
Evans, Arthur B., Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, and Rob Latham, eds. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Wesleyan, 2010.
VanderMeer, Jeff, ed. The Big Book of Science Fiction. Vintage, 2016.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. (1818). Norton, 2015.
Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel. Spectra, 1991.
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Anchor, 1998.
Banks, Iain M. Consider Phlebas. Orbit, 2003.
Bear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. Ballantine, 2000.
Benford, Gregory. Timescape. Spectra, 1992.
Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man. Vintage, 1996.
Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Gollancz, 1999.
Butler, Octavia. Dawn. Aspect, 1997.
Capek, Karel. R.U.R (Rossum Universal Robots). Penguin, 2004.
Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Roc, 2000.
Clement, Hal. Mission of Gravity. Gollancz, 2000.
Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. Vintage, 1992.
Gibson, William. Neuromancer. Ace, 1984.
Gunn, James. The Listeners. BenBella, 2003.
Heinlein, Robert A. The Puppet Masters. Del Rey, 1986.
Herbert, Frank. Dune. Ace, 1990.
Le Guin, Ursula. The Left Hand of Darkness. Ace, 1987.
Lui, Ken. The Wall of Storms. 2016.
Mieville, China. Perdido Street Station. Del Rey, 2003.
Pohl, Frederik. Gateway. Del Rey, 2004.
Stross, Charles. Accelerando. Ace, 2006.
Sturgeon, Theodore. More than Human. Vintage, 1998.
Vance, Jack. The Languages of Pao. 2004.
Vonnegut, Kurt. The Sirens of Titan. Dial Press, 1998.
van Vogt, A. E. The World of Null-A. Orb, 2002.
Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. Tor, 1992.
Russ, Joanna. The Female Man. Beacon, 2000.
Casares, Adolfo Bioy. The Invention of Morel. NYRB, 2003.
Dutcher, Roger, and Mike Allen, eds. The Alchemy of the Stars. SFPA, 2005.
Frazier, Robert, ed. Burning with a Vision. Owlswick, 1984.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Writing Assignments:
1. Compare/contrast two sci-fi narratives in two distinct forms, to examine how the art form evokes meaning in reader across forms and cultures.
2. In what ways does science fiction re-imagine reality for us?
3. What philosophical question does the sci-fi literature propose to the reader through the text?