This course explores representations of the beginning and end of life in feminist science fiction. As we read, we will consider what anxieties surround reproduction and death, how reproductive technology (in vitro fertilization, genetic testing, cloning, etc.) is changing what it means to be human, how technologies from the pen to the pipette mediate our experiences of death, and how societies reproduce themselves and deal with dying and grief. Texts may include novels and short stories by Mary Shelley (the first science fiction novelist), Judith Merril, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, Max Barry, and others. Additionally, we will consider depictions of reproduction and death in science fiction films and television shows such as "Aliens" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Satisfies the Twentieth Century and later requirement.
Course Attributes: EN HBU ISAS HUMFA HUMAR HUMEL TC
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