Science/Fiction: Technoculture, Embodiment, and Power

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2019

Taught By: Deborah Levitt

Section: A

CRN: 7783

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. Please note that the first meeting of the week is longer to allow for a film screening. 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

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 5:30am 5/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 204

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019