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.
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 material philosophies, which also seize the nature/culture binary as an important site for the dismantling of patriarchy.
Novels will include:
- The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin
- Dawn, Octavia Butler
- The Fortunate Fall, Raphael Carter
- Trouble on Triton, Samuel Delany
Based on conversational direction, theoretical texts will be chosen to complement subjects in the novels.