good understanding of the function of science fiction as critical medium of technological changes, and as a forum of philosophical speculation; good understanding of the consequences of specific techno-scientific advances stemming from their application and consumption; good understanding of what it means to be human in a technologically-dominated world; critical analysis of literary texts.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course examines a popular genre of the 20th and 21st century Anglo-American literature. Through the critical analysis of selected short stories and novels, the course explores the impact of technoscience on the individual and on society. It explores the philosophical question, what it means to be human, as well as, the consequences of living in a technologically and scientifically saturated culture (technoculture). This semester emphasis will be given on machines/robots, on aliens, on space colonization and on utopia.
ramifications of technology, robots, cyborgs, cloning, utopia