Professor Rodgers' Science Fiction Course: Spring, 2017






Week Topic Reading Assignment Writing AssignmentHandouts
1

Monday, Feb. 1 /
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Why Do "We" Read Science Fiction?  An Introduction to the Course  /  Defining Science Fiction and Key Questions
Course Syllabus

Introduction to Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

Science Fiction: A Very Brief Introduction (Seed)

Philip K. Dick, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" (1966)  The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy

 
 1.1: Questions About Our Course

1.2: Why Do You Read Science Fiction?

1.3: Defining Science Fiction

1.4: Reading Philip K. Dick's "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"
Taking Notes

Active Reading

Keeping a Reading Journal

What Is the MLA?


For further study:

Defining SF (SFE)

Defining Science Fiction (Ellis)

 2

Mon., Feb. 8  /
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Defining Science Fiction in General and in the U.S. in Particular: Generic, National, Historical, Disciplinary, and Cultural Issues  / SF in the United States (The New Wave: 1960? - 1980?)
Introduction to Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

"Imagining Worlds: Does Science Fiction Inform Our Technological Reality?" (Rodgers)

Why Do You Read Science Fiction? (Student Responses, Draft 1)

Pohl, Frederick “Day Million” (1966) Rogue


2.1: Some Elements of Science Fiction

2.2: Reading Reading Pohl's "Day Million" and Russ's "The Second Inquisition"


Timeline of Western Literature

Some Elements of Fiction

How To Approach a Text: Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Respond (Rodgers)

For further study:

"What Is the Purpose of Science Fiction Stories?" (Berkson)

 3

Mon., Feb. 13 [NO CLASS] / 
Wednesday, Feb. 15
SF in the United States (The New Wave: 1960?-1980?)

Delany, Samuel “Time Considered as a Helix of Precious Stones” (1969) New Worlds


Delany, Samuel “About 5,750 Words” (1968)


Professor Rodgers' Keywords for Literary Study


SF Studies Keywords


SFE


Norton LitWeb Glossary


3.1: Reading Delany's fiction and criticism 

3.2: Reviewing and Responding to Feb. 15 Course Questions 
Some Elements of Fiction

SF Studies Keywords


 4

Mon., Feb. 20 [NO CLASS]
/
Wednesday, Feb. 22
 SF in the United States ("The Golden Age": 1939-1960?/Cambell) Asimov, Isaac “Reason” (1941) Astounding Science Fiction Bradbury, Ray “There Will Come Soft Rains” Collier’s Weekly, May 6, 1950 Bester, Alfred “Fondly Fahrenheit” (1954)

Professor Rodgers' Keywords for Literary Study


SF Studies Keywords


SFE


Norton LitWeb Glossary

Catching Up
What Is Writing?: A
Brief Introduction to Writing as an Act of Communication
 (WiW)
 5
Mon., Feb. 27 / Wed., March 1
 SF in the United States ("The Golden Age": 1937-1960?/Cambell) Asimov, Isaac “Reason” (1941) Astounding Science Fiction Bradbury, Ray “There Will Come Soft Rains” Collier’s Weekly, May 6, 1950 Bester, Alfred “Fondly Fahrenheit” (1954)

Professor Rodgers' Keywords for Literary Study


SF Studies Keywords


SFE


Norton LitWeb Glossary

 4.1 Reading Asimov, Bradbury, Bester

4.2: Defining Literary Terms and SF Keywords


  "What Is Technology: A Very Brief Introduction to the Word and Concept" (Rodgers)

Writing About Texts
 6
Mon., March 6 / Wed., March 8
SF in the United States ("The Golden Age": 1937-1960?/Cambell) / SF in the United States (20th c. Beginnings: 19??-1937 Reading  Del Rey  5.1 Time Travel Assignment: Read Del Rey's short story "Helen O'Loy" in the context of its original publication

5.2 SF Keywords Review
 "Introduction" to The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction ed. by Rob Latham (2014)
 7
Mon., March 13 / Wed., March 15
 SF in the United States (20th c. Beginnings: 1926-1937 + MIDTERM REVIEW  Wells, H. G. The Time Machine (1895) [published in Amazing Stories May, 1927]

Amazing Stories Vol. 1, No. 1 (1926)


Science Wonder Stories Vol. 1, No. 1 (1929) [Reader Letters]


6: Prepare for the Midterm Exam 
 8
Mon., March 20 / Wed., March 22
 MIDTERM EXAM / SF Across Media "The Language of Film" by Michael Wohl (2008)

Total Recall (Verhoeven, 1990) [DVD: 2614 in college library]

Philip K. Dick, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" (1966) 
7.1: SF Across MediaSome Elements of Film

How To Read a Film (James Monaco)

Writing About Film (USC)
 9
Mon., March 27 / Wed., March 29
 SF Across Media "What Novels Can Do That Films Can't (and Vice Versa)" (1980) by Seymour Chatman

Total Recall (2012) OR
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
 7.2: SF Across Media 
 10
Mon., April 3 / Wed., April 5
 SF Across Media / Midterm Exam Discussion / Introduction to and Guidelines for Final Projects    
 SPRING BREAK    
 11
Mon., April 17 / Wed., April 20
 What Have We Learned?  What Would We Still Like to Read? (LeGuin, Butler, Gibson, Ellison, etc., etc., etc.) / What Can We Contribute to the Field of Science Fiction Studies?    
 12
Mon., April 25 / Wed., April 27
 FINAL PROJECT WORKSHOP    
 13
Mon, May 1 / Wed., May 3
 PRESENTATIONS        
 14
Mon., May 8 / Wed., May 10
 PRESENTATIONS    
 15
Mon., May 15 /Wed., May 17
 FINAL PROJECTS DUE; REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM    
16
Mon., May 22
 FINAL EXAM   





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