ENGL348C - Literature by Women: Science Fiction

ENGL 348 will explore science fiction by women in works by Anne McCaffrey, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Elisabeth Vonarburg, C. J. Cherryh, Connie Willis, Julie Czerneda, the Black writer Octavia Butler, the South American writer Angélica Gorodischer, and the Indian writer Padmanabran. We will study the film Making Mr. Right, and read short stories by many other writers, as well as sample Japanese manga. We will ask if the history of science fiction by women is the same as that for male writers, and if women had (or have) a special tradition within the genre. We will use feminist theory to look at aspects of the science, psychology, and literary strategies of these works. And we will examine how the writers' differing (and changing) standpoints on the political issues of feminism, sexuality, colonizing, and sustainability are represented in their fictions. Class will be almost entirely discussion, with student reports on the writers and student panels on the feminist readings. Requirements: midterm and final examinations, two papers with optional revision on the first (4-5 pages each), and class participation (attendance, discussion, oral reports, etc.).

Also offered as WMST348C