Issues in Speculative Fiction
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2008
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.
Upon 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.
The 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.
Students who have successfully completed HHUM356 or HUMA3656 may not enrol in ENGL3656.
ENGL2000 or 40 units of English.
Modes of Delivery
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term