ENG 395 20th Century Literature

Fulfills the Arts and Letters requirement

Fall 2015
CRN 16965
Tuesday & Thursday 1400-15520
Lillis Hall Room 255

This course examines the literature and history of science fiction in relation to the social construction of gender from post-WWII to the present. Students will explore the ways in which gender, race, sexuality, and class have been (re)imagined in American and British social science fiction through close readings of novels and short stories as well as in literary, feminist, and queer criticism. Students also will learn how archival research contributes to literary/author studies and investigate the Knight Library’s special collections in science fiction, speculative fiction, and fantasy. Authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany, Joanna Russ, Suzette Haden Elgin, and James Tiptree Jr., among others.