Androids, Cyborgs, Selves
Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Cross-listed as ENGL153 / SCST153
In this expository writing course, we will analyze and argue about how near-human or partly human bodies and intelligences are imagined in fiction and film. When do these bodies, these intelligences, improve the worlds in which they appear, and when do they threaten them? How are they gendered, how are they raced, and why? And what do they want? As we will see, authors in different cultural and technological contexts have imagined not-quite-human selves for different ends and in radically different ways. This course focuses on articulating these differences and developing significant claims about them in clear, argumentative prose. We will spend half or more of our class time discussing and practicing writing skills. Texts may include R.U.R., “The Bicentennial Man,” Blade Runner, Metropolis (Suite 1: The Chase), and Her.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: writing (four 5-page essays in multiple drafts) and discussion/participation
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under SCST WI: This writing-intensive course is geared towards improving students' analytical and argumentative prose in the context of studying literary and filmic fictions.