ENGL278T - Literature of Science and Technology

One might think that science and literature have little to do with each other. This course challenges this division by exploring the connections between science and literature, focusing on British and American texts from the late 19th century onward. We will ask questions such as: How do science and literature contribute to each other? How does science inform and inspire literature, and how does literature reflect on scientific developments? What role does the creative imagination play in science? How do scientists use literary techniques to convey their ideas? How do science and literature jointly contribute to human knowledge and ethics? Authors may include H.G. Wells, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Feynman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Carl Sagan, Don DeLillo, and Stephen Hawking.