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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLST 3006
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Bruce Sterling suggests that cyberpunk is a “garageband” aesthetic that borrows from both the hacker and the rocker. It is a postmodern movement of pastiche, technological intimacy, and virtual reality — a neo-romanticism for a high-tech age. As fiction it brings a new kind of subject into play, a literary hooligan in danger of obliteration in a digital environment without markers of place, identity, or action. In this Reading for Writers students dissect earlier figures like Philip K. Dick and the establishing works of Gibson, Sterling, and their descendants. In responding to readings and writing analysis, we dissect a writing style reformatted for the microprocessing age. We consider examples of dystopic posthumanism from cinema, along with our daily experiences as online sojourners.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Open to Undergraduate students.