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Science Fiction in the Cold War Era

B.A. Level
elective
elective DSS
optional
optional DSS
Study year
2nd
3rd
Credit value
BA3
Teacher
Pavla Veselá
Semester
winter

 

OBJECTIVES

This course looks at the Cold War era through the lens of selected American science fiction. It provides both an exploration of the general cultural background as well as a survey of science fiction in this period. Primary texts are supplemented with critical studies and extracts from such classic movies as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Blade Runner.


SELECTED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY MATERIAL

Attebery, Brian. “The Magazine Era: 1926-1960.” The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Ed. Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003.

Booker, Keith. “Science Fiction and the Cold War.” A Companion to Science Fiction. Ed. David Seed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.

Brackett, Leigh. The Long Tomorrow. Rockville: Phoenix Pick, 2011.

Bradbury, Ray. “There Will Come Soft Rains.” The Martian Chronicles. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.

Butler, Octavia. Bloodchild and Other Stories. New York: Seven Stories Press, 1996.

Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Istvan. “Cyberpunk and Neuromanticism.” Storming the Reality Studio. Ed. Larry McCaffery. Durham: Duke University Press, 1991.

Doerksen, Teri A. “Octavia E. Butler: Parables of Race and Difference.” Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic. Ed. Elisabeth Anne Leonard. New York: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Gibson, William. Burning Chrome. New York: Arbor House, 1986.

Gubar, Susan. “C. L. Moore and the Conventions of Women's SF.” Science Fiction Studies 7 (1980).

Latham, Rob. “The New Wave.” A Companion to Science Fiction. Ed. David Seed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.

Merril, Judith. “That Only a Mother.” Women of Wonder. Ed. Pamela Sargent. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978.

Parkin-Speer, Diane. “Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow: A Quest for the Future America.” Extrapolation. 26: 3 (1985).

Seed, David. American Science Fiction and the Cold War. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1999.

Sontag, Susan. “The Imagination of Disaster.” Against Interpretation. New York: Anchor Books, 1990.

Suvin, Darko. “On the Poetics of the Science Fiction Genre.” College English 34: 3 (1972).

Wylie, Philip. The Answer. New York: Rinehart, 1955.


ASSESSMENT

To receive their credits, students must attend at least 70% of seminars, deliver an oral presentation, and submit an essay of 2000-3000 words.

 

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