Planetary Science Fiction

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Planetary Science Fiction
Spring 2024
Taught By: Deborah Levitt
Section: A

CRN: 13637

Credits: 4

Global pop cultural conceptions of the topics and tropes of science fiction film have largely been defined by the Hollywood SF blockbusters that have saturated international markets. With some notable exceptions (i.e., anime), Hollywood’s emphasis on big budget special effects has rendered the genre less adaptable to other spaces and modes of production. But fascinating science fiction films have been made across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In this course, we will explore the global reach of science fiction, screening films from Russia, Kenya, Argentina, South Africa, France, Mexico, Nigeria, India, Japan, and the Philippines. While a few of the films thematize space travel and planets in a literal sense, the term “planetary” functions primarily as a speculative lens through which to consider how different logics of space and place—from regional, national, trans-national, and global to inner- and outer- space—might enable us to think creatively about today’s ecological crises and colliding worlds. Student work includes weekly screenings, seminars, and Canvas posts, a variety of readings (from short stories to philosophy), and a significant final project. [Tracks C, M, S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:04pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 517
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 618
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024