Science/Fiction: Technoculture, Embodiment, and Power

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Fall 2024
Taught By: Deborah Levitt
Section: A

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 & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 2:24am EDT 6/17/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/29/2024 - 12/12/2024