Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature (HUM3002)

15 credits

Science fiction is a global phenomenon. This module introduces culturally important 20th and 21st -century science fiction from China, Germany, Italy and Russia (including texts by Cixin Liu, Thea von Harbou, Primo Levi, and the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, all in English translation). You will explore the set texts through close readings, seminar discussion, student presentations, and lectures offering historical and cultural context. In science fiction, writers describe and assimilate the challenges of modernization; express anxieties about new technology; articulate their perceptions of the world order, or frame resistance to it. Recommended for interdisciplinary pathways, this module is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.