ENGL378G - Special Topics in English; Science and Fiction: From Milton to the Moon Landing

When and why do literary writers draw upon the experimental practices and observational habits of the sciences in order to construct their narratives? How do elements of lyric, narrative, and visual art contribute to scientific practice? This course explores a “documentary impulse” across a wide range of media, with special attention to the truth-telling ambitions of literary works, including the most fantastical. Authors on the syllabus will likely include the following: John Milton, Mary Shelley, Rudolph Fisher, Primo Levi, Ursula Le Guin, and Kaitlyn Greenidge.