English 238 - Spring, 2015

Special Topics in Literary Theory

Class Information

Instructor: Milburn, Colin
CRN: 52858
Time: R 12:10-3:00
Location: 120 Voorhies


"Science and Science Fiction"

This seminar will focus on the role of science fiction in the history of science. During the term, we will study the evolution of science fiction as a literary genre and a cultural discourse from the nineteenth century to the present. At the same time, we will investigate the function of speculation and extrapolation in the practice of science, considering science fiction as a resource for experimental research. A series of case studies will illuminate the complex intersections of fact and fabulation. Major critical approaches to science fiction will be introduced alongside theories and methods from science and technology studies. The seminar will emphasize collaborative and multidisciplinary research practices.