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Instructor Info:Sonya Donaldson
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
Description:

In this course we will consider a number of issues regarding the nature of our relationship to technology. Through examinations of African American speculative fiction, visual literature, "social" media, and music, we will examine broad questions about the impact of technology on culture and its intersections with race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will tease out questions such as: How does technology help us define ourselves? How has technology influenced our consideration of "human" and "humanity"? We will explore theoretical conceptions of "the body" and "the self," and move toward a current understanding of who we are in relation to technology. Students will complete a collaborative project that is digital in nature.

Additional Info:

Required Texts:

  • Octavia Butler, Fledgling
  • Nalo Hopkinson (ed), So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy

 Additional required readings will include the following:

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Sheree R. Thomas, Ed., excerpts Dark Matter
  • Michelle Wright, et al, Domain Errors!: Cyberfeminist Practices
  • TEDTalks—Amber Case’s “We are All Cyborgs Now” and Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”
  • Film: Alien vs. Predator, Blade Runner
  • Music:Course “soundtrack” (forthcoming)

A note on films, TV show episodes.], and the music list: You should watch on your own (I have placed reserves and requests in the library), take notes, and come prepared to discuss.