ENGL289T - Special Topics in English; Uncanny Technologies: Monsters, Droids, and Vampires

What are the dark, uncertain borders between the human and the nonhuman, between the natural and the unnatural, between life and death? What can literature teach us about new technologies that seek to represent or replicate human experience? This course aims to address these questions by looking at a series of nineteenth-century American, French, German, and British novels and stories from Frankenstein (1818) to Dracula (1897) featuring recently introduced media and inventions such as photographs, phonographs, automata, and motion pictures that are concerned, like works of literature, with recording and reproducing human consciousness and the human body.