Decolonizing Science Fiction

HON-H 237 — Fall 2021

Marco Arnaudo
M: HU 217; W: Online
Days and Times
1:10P - 2:25P MW
Course Description
This class discusses race relations in the US through the lens of science fiction, with particular emphasis on indigenous culture and the Black experience. We start by looking at the history of racist policies and ideas in the US, and we see how science fiction worked at times to reinforce such trends, and other times worked to question them and raise awareness about systemic racism. The class includes mainly prose works by authors such as W. E. B. Dubois, H. P. Lovecraft, Octavia Butler, Harry Turtledove, Matt Ruff, Nnedi Okorafor. We also read comics and watch movies exemplifying the concept of Afrofuturism.

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