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Year 2019  School Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Course Title
Special Studies in English and American Literature 4

Instructor CHAN, Edward K.
Term/Day/Period spring semester  Tues.2
Category Core Subjects (Lectures) Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 31-313 Campus Toyama
Course Key 34Z1280864 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code LITE611L
First Academic disciplines Literature
Second Academic disciplines Literature in English
Third Academic disciplines Novel
Level Level of Master Types of lesson Lecture

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2019/03/05 16:55:04

Subtitle “Literary” Science Fiction in American Literature
Course Outline  This course will explore the American science fiction (SF) novel as a “paraliterary”genre that has historically been dismissed as non-literary but has, at times, hovered on the edge of respectability. Nevertheless,the SF genre has increasingly become more and more mainstream in terms of literary criticism, and several writers not based in the genre have taken up the SF form or aspects of it. Thus, we might refer to at least some texts as “literary” science fiction (though we need to emphasize the scare quotes, which represent what some would consider a false distinction and hierarchy). Representative authors include Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Walter M. Miller, Jr., Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cormac McCarthy, Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, William Gibson, Chang-Rae Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, and Omar El Akkad. We will consider authors such as these and their works in relation to aesthetics, genre, critical theory, and other issues as proposed by students. Students are required to purchase the texts (print or electronic). The course will be conducted entirely in ENGLISH, and students should be prepared to speak in English each week.
Objectives  Students will learn in-depth literary analysis within cultural and historical context. Students will also develop their English-language reading, writing, listening, and discussion skills for the graduate level.
before/after course of study  There will be weekly reading assignments of approximately 80-90 pages as homework, which will likely take about 2-3 hours on average each week depending on your level of English. Students will also write a 1500-word final paper.
Course Schedule  (subject to change)

 1  Course introduction
 2  Science fiction as a genre
 3  Philip K. Dick, Time Out of Joint (1959)
 4  Philip K. Dick, Time Out of Joint (1959)
 5  Philip K. Dick, Time Out of Joint (1959)
 6  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
 7  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
 8  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
 9  Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
 10  Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
 11  Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
 12  Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
 13  Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
 14  Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
 15  Course wrap-up, final paper due
Textbooks  1) Philip K. Dick, Time Out of Joint (Kindle also available)

 2) Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (Kindle also available)

 3) Octavia Butler, Kindred (Kindle also available)

 4) Cormac McCarthy, The Road (Kindle also available)
Evaluation  Final paper 50%
 Participation 50%
 TOTAL 100 %
Note / URL  http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199838844.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199838844-e-008
 https://www.wired.com/2015/11/geeks-guide-sci-fi-fantasy-mainstream/

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