COLD WAR SCIENCE FICTION

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
Comparative Literature
Course Number: 
273
Institution: 
Smith College
Same as RES 273. How did the “final frontier” of space become a “front” in the Cold War? As the US and USSR competed in the Space Race, science fiction reflected political discourses in literature, film, visual art, and popular culture. This course explores Russian and Western science fiction in the contexts of twentieth-century geopolitics and artistic modernism (and postmodernism), examining works by Bogdanov, Kubrick, Tarkovsky, Butler, Haraway, Pelevin, and others. The survey considers science fiction’s utopian content and political function, as well as critical and dystopian modes of the genre. No prerequisites or knowledge of Russian required; first-year students are welcome to enroll.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
10681
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Schedule #: 
10682-F17

Course Sections

COLD WAR SCIENCE FICTION
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Thomas Roberts troberts@smith.edu MW 02:40-04:00 SEELYE 313