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ENGL 475 1G - Lit and Other Disciplines - Science, Technology &Narrative

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Advanced topics seminar exploring the intersection of literary study and other scholarly disciplines. The disciplines students study vary each term, but past courses have examined connections between literature and psychology, forensic science, environmental studies, and the law. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with permission of English advising office to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours if topics vary; Graduate students may repeat if topics vary. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

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Ever wonder about the science and technology behind some of your favorite speculative fiction- Or the ways that speculative fiction influences science, technology, and medicine- What are the complex stories behind the bio-tech of Oryx and Crake or Gattaca, the medical advances of The Postmortal, or the cyborgs of Company Town- In this course, we-ll explore the multi-directional traffic between literature, technology, science, and medicine. We-ll pay particular attention to marginalized voices, the impact of feminist science studies, and the methodologies of interdisciplinary fields. We-ll focus on practical assignments, which might include: a book review, a research paper on a topic of your choosing, and some alt-ac writing for online and social media spaces. No exams! Course texts will include plenty of critical/theoretical texts, and speculative fiction of all kinds: novels, television shows, short stories, flash fiction, video games. This course is intended to serve students i

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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