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Feminist Science Fiction

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Morningside Heights, Manhattan
3009 Broadway
Btwn 116th & 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12

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What you'll learn in this literature class:

The world is not usually imagined for the benefit of women. What can feminist science fiction tell us about these oppressive arrangements and how the world might be otherwise? What makes a work of science fiction feminist? From utopia to dystopia, satire to space opera, in what ways does science fiction hold up a mirror to difficult realties? This course offers a selective introduction to critical themes in twentieth and twenty-first century feminist science fiction: utopia, dystopia, and heterotopia, experimental social forms, gender, race, sex and the body, postcolonial imaginaries, speculative ecologies, imaginative failure and imaginative expansion.

Pairing long- and short-form fiction with philosophical and theoretical supplements, we will ask the following questions: When is science fiction feminist? When is feminism a form of science fiction? How should we understand science fiction as a genre or a literary form? What are the attractions of science fiction for feminist projects, whether political, ethical or aesthetic, descriptive or prescriptive? And what are the capabilities and limits of science fiction when it comes to imagining the world differently? What do the tropes, gestures, and inventions of feminist science fiction have to tell us about history and about our own relationship to the present moment?

Primary texts are likely to draw from the work of Octavia Butler, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Lord, Kuzhali Manickavel, James Tiptree Jr., Sofia Samatar, and Lidia Yuknavitch. Critical complements will include Samuel R. Delany, Shulamith Firestone, Donna Haraway, Fredric Jameson, Marge Piercy, and Joanna Russ.

There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class.

Instructors will contact students approximately one week prior to the first class with reading assignments and details about the course location.


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