Issues in Speculative Fiction

Course code ENGL3656Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines a range of fantastic and science fiction narratives from the nineteenth century onwards, and observes their transformations of conventional narrative patterns. We shall consider the ways in which these dreamscapes reflect and engage with cultural and social concerns such as gender, religion, war, and the concept of virtual reality.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. a close acquaintance with a number of literary works;
2. the necessary interpretive skills to comprehend the theory and practice of fantastic narrative;
3. familiarity with critical debates surrounding works in the genre of speculative fiction
4. ability to reflect on the representation of cultural elements in literary forms;
5. skills in writing analytic and research essays.
ContentThe course will trace the history of speculative fiction. Material studied is likely to include:
1) One or two works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when science fiction and fantastic literature began to become an important genre especially for reflection on social issues;
2) Modern and contemporary texts traditionally regarded as belonging to the genre of fantasy and science fiction;
3) One or two texts by mainstream writers that make use of fantastic techniques (notably magic realism);
4) One or two films.
We shall consider theoretical issues surrounding fantastic narrative.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3656
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HHUM356 or HUMA3656 may not enrol in ENGL3656.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENGL2000 or 40 units of English.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLaboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x 1000-word reports, each worth 20%
Written assignments on specific aspects of texts and/or issues in detail
Essays / Written Assignments2000-word essay, worth 50%
Academic critical/research essay discussing issues in speculative fiction
Quiz - ClassShort quizzes across semester worth a total of 10%
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term