ENGL 162 Fall 2013 Uncanny Valley (W)

From the Golem of Prague to Wall-E, puppets, robots and dolls show up in a huge variety of film, fiction, and art. Uncanny Valley will explore the complicated reactions that these simulacra inspire. Why this fascination with the lifelike? What can we learn from Pinocchio, the Velveteen Rabbit or John Malkovich that we can't learn from our interactions with real humans? Works studied will include fiction by Poe, Kafka, Capek, and A. M. Homes, as well as films by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Tim Burton.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three or four ungraded exercises; five papers of increasing length and complexity (two to seven pages) for a total of twenty pages; willingness to experiment with writing styles
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1635
ENGL162-01(F) SEM Uncanny Valley (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Shawn J. Rosenheim
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Hollander 241 1635
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