Other Worlds: Exploring the Critical Realms of Science Fiction
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3530
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Ethnicity & Race
  • Cultural Studies
The development of science fiction as a literary genre is closely connected to the history of colonialism and anthropological projects documenting contact with so-called primitive cultures. We examine literary and filmic narratives involving other worlds, bodies, and technologies within this historical legacy. In particular, we discuss how science fiction writers explore systems of oppression while imagining new possibilities for political transformation.
Course Open to: Degree Students