ENGL379Y - Special Topics in Literature; American Science Fiction

This course will examine the history of American science fiction from its origins in pulp magazines to the present. We will investigate the changing history of science fiction across periods and subgenres, including Golden Age science fiction, New Wave science fiction, cyberpunk, and ecological science fiction. We will investigate science fiction across media, including fiction, film, television, and comics. We will, finally, chart the changing fortune of the genre, attempting to explain how it has moved from the margins of American culture to the mainstream. Authors we might read include Frederik Pohl, Robert Heinlein, James Tiptree, Jr., Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, Ted Chiang, and Paolo Bacigalupi.