Science/Fiction: Technoculture, Embodiment, and Power

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2021

Taught By: Deborah Levitt

Section: AX

CRN: 11050

Credits: 4

[Tracks C, M, and S] In this class, our central texts will be a series of contemporary science fiction films (1982 – 2015). We’ll read these films as themselves works of cultural and media theory. In particular, we’ll consider how they reflect on the ways that media and technoculture produce new forms and experiences of embodiment, and address questions involving race, gender, and geopolitics. Films may include Bladerunner (Scott, 1982), Videodrome (Cronenberg, 1983), Strange Days (Bigelow, 1995), eXistenz (Cronenberg, 1999), Children of Men (Cuaron, 2006), Sleep Dealer (Rivera, 2008),Avatar (Cameron, 2009), District 9 (Blomkamp, 2009), Gamer (Neveldine and Taylor, 2009), Ex Machina (Garland, 2015), Her (Jonze, 2013). Each film will be paired with a relevant theoretical essay, and sometimes with a short film or music video as well. Course work includes weekly short writing assignments, a class presentation, and a final paper. [Tracks C, M, and S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 1:46am 11/28/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 406

Date Range: 9/2/2021 - 12/16/2021