This class is to think about the ways bodies of feminist and post-colonial science fiction contribute to imagining futures. How do fictional embodiments and relations serve as a space to model, combat, critique and inspire relevant action in the present moment? In particular, this class draws from authors who have occupied peripheral perspectives from mainstream science fiction and outside traditional networks of power. Based on conversational direction, theoretical texts will be chosen to complement subjects in the novels.
Conversational approaches will include speech as well as movement, material and visual dialogue. The class will look at strategies and ideas that arise from these conversations alongside new feminist materialist philosophies, which also seize the nature/culture binary as an important site for the dismantling of patriarchy.
For our first meeting, we will read The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin (esp. chapters 1 and 2). We will focus on the sensuality of materials and landscape in The Dispossessed and how they contribute to structures of kinship and economy in the political worlds she describes. For our second meeting, we will read Dawn by Octavia Butler (chapters tba). The direction of discussion will be on the political implications of radically reorienting impulses and desires, as well as feminist perspectives on evolutionary biology.