Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4640 EAKET, CHRISTOPHER CURTIS TR 3::3 AM 0144

Description

FILM AS LITERATURE: Science Fiction & Philosophy

This class will examine the history and traditions of science fiction from the nineteenth century to the present.  In particular, we will be looking at how "speculative fiction" is used to examine particular philosophical ideas, concepts or questions.  We will also be examining the similarities and differences between text and film: how each medium constructs a narrative, how adaption and remediation function, how these mediums construct meaning, what constitutes a valid interpretation and how particular works arise from social and historical circumstances.

Requirements

Response Statements (20%)
Minor Paper (15%)
Major Paper (25%)
Final Exam (30%)
Participation (10%)

Attendance

Students will be allowed four absences.  Additional absences will impact the final grade.  Absences overall are taken into account when calculating the participation grade.  If you need to be absent from class due to unforeseen circumstances, email me before class to let me know you will not be attending and why.

In cases where you are experiencing problems in class, or have circumstances outside of class that are affecting your academic work, the most important thing is to let me know.  Keep me in the loop so that I know “where you’re at” and hopefully alternative arrangements can be made. 
 

Material

Frankenstein   
War of the Worlds  
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
2001
Contact
Handmaid's Tale
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

(Please Note: These may be subject to change)