Topics in French Culture: Science Fiction in France

FRIT-F225 — Fall 2021

Eric MacPhail
LH 120
Days and Times
4:00P-6:30P TR - 2nd 8 Weeks only
Course Description

Fulfills GenEd World Cultures Credit

This course studies the development of science fiction in France from the age of the Scientific Revolution to the twentieth century. We will read Cyrano de Bergerac’s Journey to the Moon from the seventeenth century, Voltaire’s Micromegas from the Enlightenment, Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth from the late nineteenth century, and Pierre Boule’s Planet of the Apes from the post-World War II era. It may interest you to know that we can blame the French for the planet of the apes since the US didn’t own outer space yet in those days. Since there are four books and eight weeks of class, we will spend two weeks on each story. Students are expected to do the reading before class and class meetings will be devoted to discussion of that day’s reading. This is not a lecture class. There will be two in-class essay tests and a term paper. For the term paper, students will write an essay comparing one of our readings with their own favorite work of science fiction, whatever it may be. All work in English.

2nd 8 Weeks class (Oct. 18-Dec. 17). Fulfills CASE A&H credit but not Gen Ed A&H credit. Fulfills both CASE GCC and Gen Ed World Cultures credit.

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