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2018 Summer 1
FLM 5400/Lecture/A - Science Fiction Film: Cowboys and Aliens | Credits 3.00
This course examines the important role that US science fiction (SF) film has played in the development of the genre as well as its wider significance politically, socially and culturally. It also recognises the influence that other cultures have had on the evolution of US SF film as well as the US’s impact globally. The class begins by looking at SF’s origins, defining features and some key theoretical concepts. It then examines SF’s significance in the US and globally by focusing upon the genre’s economic importance as well as a number of important themes, such as: (i) how SF film can be read as a means to analyse the social, cultural and political concerns of the day, including class/gender, Cold War/xenophobic anxieties and environmental threats; (ii) how SF film can be interpreted as a critique (and sometimes a champion) of American imperial hegemony; and (iii) finally the trans-national connections between American SF and other world SF literature and visual culture (including cinema and television). The course concludes by studying the role of the internet in marketing and re-shaping the genre. Where possible the class makes use of museum and archive collections in London as well as relevant film screenings.

Registration Type Traditional
Fees N/A
Instructors Charles Bunce
Duration 5/21/2018 - 6/28/2018
Schedule All Week Days  3:00 PM - 4:20 PM;  Kensington, 17 Young Street, Room YS1
Prerequisites ARW 4195 / Lecture <min grade = D-, min credit = 2.33> or GEP 4180 / Lecture <min grade = D-, min credit = 3.00>
Corequisites N/A
Credit Types Credit
Class 20 Seats | 11 Remaining
Open (Minimum Met)

Primary population and other student populations allowed to register for this course:
 Primary Population# Others Allowed# Others Registered
Campus  Richmond University201
Department  Com Art Soc Sci202