Course taught at Emory University: Spring 2017
“…to boldly go where no man has gone before…” This Star Trek: The Original Series quote remains iconic, and yet, the line has gone under revision, becoming “…where no one has gone before” in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Why revise? And what does this revision tell us about the importance of diversity in science fiction media and literature?
In this writing-intensive course, we will “explore new worlds” and ways of being in science fiction literature and films. In addition to reading and watching diverse science fiction works, this course will focus on creating your own theory of writing: how do you write? What are the elements of successful college writing? How do you write about literature? How do you write diversely and/or about diversity? Throughout the semester, students will engage with writing concepts such as genre, critical thinking, and conversation, as well as the over-arching theme of diversity. Major assignments for this course include a creative short story with a critical component as well as a final portfolio with a reflective rationale.
Last update on: March 22, 2017