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Gender, Sexuality and Literature: Our Cyborgs, Our Selves

ENGL 090.401
crosslisted as: GSWS 090
instructor(s):
TR 9-10:30 am
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 3: Early Literature to 1660 of the Standard Major

Women invented speculative fiction in English – and from Margaret Cavendish and Mary Shelley down to Joanna Russ, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Octavia Butler, women writers have generated speculative fictions that have profoundly shaped the genre’s concerns with gender, sexuality, embodiment, and reproduction. Women’s bodies have also been among scifi’s most persistent objects of analysis, in film and television from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. This course will explore these concerns in literature, television, and film through the guiding question of the genre: the speculative what if? that gives these stories their imaginative and political power.  Assignments will include weekly blog posts, three short analytical essays, and a final creative project.