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SCIENCE FICTION(s): Writing with Scientific Ideas
Charissa N. Terranova
Mondays, March 23 - April 6, 2015
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218
Science Fiction(s): Writing with Scientific Ideas
If we take the phrase "science fiction" in its most literal sense, we find an area of invention that is a bit more expansive than stories of extraterrestrials, planetary exploration, and otherworldly intrigues. This is not in any way to diminish the bountiful convention of such imaginative forays into fiction writing, but rather to open up the genre as it plays more fundamentally on the word "fiction," from the Latin fingere, meaning "to form."
The goal we will pursue in this course is to use scientific ideas in order to stake out new terrains of thinking. From this perspective we might think of the field in the plural as "science fictions" in order to tease out a broader scope of writing formed and informed by scientific ideas. Examples include but are not limited to: science journalism, cultural studies theory, new media theory, philosophies of science, the history of science, art and architectural history borne on scientific ideas, traditional science fiction, short fantasy fiction, and realist and/or historic fiction in which scientific ideas carry the plot.
Charissa N. Terranova is Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She lectures and teaches seminars on art and architectural history, theory, and criticism and media and new media theory. As a scholarly writer and freelance curator / critic she works both nationally and internationally. She is the author of Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image 1920-1970 (forthcoming from I.B. Tauris, London) and Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art (UT Press, 2014).
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