ENGL 329
Writing Gender in Sci-Fi and Speculative Fictions Fall 2024
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 329 / STS 323

Class Details

This creative writing course will pair selected readings in feminist STS and queer theory with science fiction, speculative fiction, and horror stories that together put questions to gender. How and when is sci-fi a home for radical re-imaginings of gender? When and why does “genre fiction” house (and facilitate) radical gender politics–or their opposite? Readings may include works by Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Brian Evanson, and Samuel Delany. Students will both analyze these fictions and take them as inspirations for their own stories and worlds.
The Class: Format: seminar; This course balance seminar-style discussion with workshops examining students' creative writing.
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1061
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on three substantial pieces of writing, in multiple drafts. Students will be able to choose their balance of creative and analytical (expository) prose (2-1 or 1-2). Attendance, along with seminar and workshop discussion, will count toward the final grade. There will be no exam.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: STS concentrators; WGSS majors; students who have not taken other creative writing courses at Williams.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 329 Division II ENGL 329 Division I STS 323 Division II
DPE Notes: In this course students will confront and reflect on the operations of difference, power, and equity through readings, class discussions, and assignments. Readings include scholarship on the construction of gender and sexuality, as well as works of fiction that denaturalize the categories of sex and gender. Course assignments will include expository and creative writing, and students will work in both modes to imagine how this world could be otherwise and how other worlds could be.

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