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Section 13 Course Description

Course Name: Science Fiction: Mythology, Allegory, Prophecy
Section 13
Instructor: Liz Corsun

In this course, students will explore the myriad functions of science fiction, beginning with its roots in the nineteenth century and tracing its development to the present. From the “soft” science fiction of Ursula Le Guin to the “hard” science fiction of Isaac Asimov, we will consider the ways in which this genre explains the past, reflects the present, and predicts the future. Students will be encouraged to analyze the texts from a variety of perspectives. In addition to a literary approach, individual research projects might consider how these texts engage the disciplinary questions of such fields as sociology, anthropology, biology, physics, and history, to name a few.