Schedule

January 16: Introduction.
January 18:

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Fredric Jameson, from Postmodernism

January 23: Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
January 24: SCREENING: Blade Runner

January 25:

Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad
Essays from Storming the Reality Studio:
Larry McCaffery, "Introduction: The Desert of the Real"
Brian McHale, "POSTcyberMODERNpunkISM"

January 30:

Lem, The Cyberiad

January 31:

SCREENING: Tron

February 1:

William Gibson, Neuromancer
Essays from Fiction 2000: Cyberpunk and the Future of Narrative:
John Huntington, "Newness, Neuromancer, and the End of Narrative"
Lance Olsen, "Cyberpunk and the Crisis of Postmodernity"
Brooks Landon, "Not What It Used to Be: The Overloading of Memory in Digital Narrative"

February 6:

Gibson, Neuromancer
Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto"

February 7:

SCREENING: Johnny Mnemonic

February 8:

Bruce Sterling, Schismatrix
Scott Bukatman, "Terminal Flesh"

February 13:

Sterling, Schismatrix
Mark Dery, "Cyborging the Body Politic: Obsolete Bodies and Posthuman Beings"
Paper #1 due

February 14:

SCREENING: eXistenZ

February 15:

Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
Scott Bukatman, "Terminal Penetration"

February 20:

Stephenson, Snow Crash

February 21:

SCREENING: The Matrix

February 22:

Stephenson, Snow Crash

February 27:

Ursula K. Le Guin, Left Hand of Darkness
Phillip Brian Harper, from Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture
Judith Squires, "Fabulous Feminist Futures and the Lure of Cyberculture"

February 28:

SCREENING: Barbarella

March 1:

Le Guin, Left Hand of Darkness

March 6:

Samuel Delany, Dhalgren

March 7:

SCREENING: Dark City

March 8:

Delany, Dhalgren
Paper #2 due

March 13-15:

No class: spring break

March 20:

Delany, Dhalgren
Term paper proposal due

March 21:

SCREENING: Brother from Another Planet

March 22:

Marge Piercy, He, She, and It
Robin Roberts, "Postmodernism and Feminist Science Fiction"
Sharon Stockton, " 'The Self Regained' "

March 27:

Piercy, He, She, and It

March 28: SCREENING: Terminator 2
March 29: Octavia Butler, Lilith's Brood (a.k.a. Xenogenesis)
April 3: Butler, Lilith's Brood
Annotated bibliography due
April 4: SCREENING: Aliens
April 5: Butler, Lilith's Brood
April 10: Haruki Murakami, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
April 11: SCREENING: Blade
April 12: Murakami, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Term paper draft to peer reviewer
April 17: Nicola Griffith, Slow River
Essays from Science-Fiction Studies, Queer Theory special issue:
Wendy Pearson, "Alien Cryptographies" and "Identifying the Alien"
Veronica Hollinger, "(Re)reading Queerly"
Ann Weinstone, "Science Fiction as a Young Person's First Queer Theory"
Commented drafts due back to author
April 18: SCREENING: Tank Girl
April 19: Griffith, Slow River
April 24: Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring
April 25: SCREENING: 2001
April 26: Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring
Term paper due

May 1:

Concluding thoughts