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TOPICS IN LITERATURE: SCIENCE FICTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT (CUL-224404)

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Course Description:


Ecocriticism may be defined as the study of the relationship between literary texts and the physical world. This course applies an ecocritical lens to the study of science fiction. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of ecocriticism as a field of literary analysis, the historical context from which it emerged, and its utility in exploring works of science fiction that engage with contemporary environmental issues and their potential consequences. The following novels will be studied: Frank Herbert’s Dune, Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, and Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome.

This course meets the General Education requirements in Humanities.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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