ENG 191

Reading Literature: Science and Technology

This course explores literature as a response to scientific and technological change. It considers the ways that new scientific discoveries inspire new visions in literature and the ways, in turn, that imaginative writing inspires new approaches in science. It features literary works that contextualize past scientific and technological advances, interpret and critique changes happening in the present, and imagine the changes that might occur in the future.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Spring Semester information

Nicole Lobdell

191A: Lit:Science & Tech

This course examines literature as a response to scientific and technological change and considers how new scientific discoveries inspire new visions in literature. This section of ENG 191 will use the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a focal point. We will read Shelley's novel as well as modern adaptations including the award-winning Arabic science fiction novel Frankenstein in Baghdad (2014) and Victor LaValle's Destroyer (2017), a graphic novel adaptation wherein a mother resurrects her son who was killed in a police shooting. We will also read literature that considers robotics, androids, and the future of AI, as well as television and film adaptations such as the television show West World (HBO) and the film Ex Machina (2012).