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The Word for World is Information: Ideologies of Language in Science Fiction & Film

COL 258
Spring 2022 not offered
Crosslisting: ENGL 260
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

By the middle of the 20th century, it had begun to seem possible to produce a grand theory of communication that would use language as a basis for understanding all of human thought, behavior, and culture. As competing versions of such a theory circulated through academic disciplines as disparate as anthropology, neurophysiology, and the emerging field of computer science, they also filtered out--sometimes in strangely warped or oversimplified forms--into popular culture.

This course will examine the most interesting and influential of these theories, both in their scholarly origins and in their most puzzling and promising elaborations in works of literary and filmic science fiction. We will be particularly attentive to the ways that the narrative logic of science fiction texts can gloss over certain logical and philosophical inconsistencies in these theories while revealing others.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

Last Updated on OCT-03-2023
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