Fall 2024

Bestsellers: Contemporary Literature

Prereq: none
Units: 2-0-4 Can be repeated for credit; first half of term

(Full Term) This 6-credit class will take you through a sampling of 21st-century speculative fiction. The ability to up-end what we consider possible and to allow us to imagine differently is the hallmark of science fiction. In this class we will read novels that make use of this radical capacity in order to challenge the oppressive structures of race, gender, colonialism, and capitalism that we currently live under. By tackling the social injustices of the present, the writers we will read invite us to imagine our futures differently. Assessment (presentations, short written responses, and  leading group projects) is based on consistent participation and engagement throughout the semester, rather than being heavily weighted towards a final assignment.