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ENGL 120 N - Science Fiction

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Introduction to the study of science fiction, the genre that has both contributed to scientific knowledge and attempted to make sense of the changes that have taken place in the world since the Enlightenment, the onset of industrialization, and the acceleration of technology. Texts are taken from a variety of literary and pop culture sources: pulps and magazines, novels and films, comics and TV shows.

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Zombies! Pod People! Martians! Robots! This course will introduce you to science fiction, a genre that expresses some of our culture's deepest fears, as well as its greatest hopes; that provides creative answers to fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and humans- place in it; that also warns us about the possible results of our society-s current errors, and forecasts the infinite possibilities open to us. Texts for this course will be drawn from a variety of early and contemporary authors. We'll watch TV shows (The Walking Dead!), listen to radio broadcasts (War of the Worlds!), read some short stories, and a few novels.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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