The goals of the course are
- to enjoy reading and
discussing some excellent novels and short stories;
- to help students improve
their writing, particularly of essays focused on persuasion and analysis;
- and to exercise our
critical faculties by learning about the discipline and art of
There will be some lectures, but most classes will be devoted
to class discussion. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
- four three-page essays
- six one-page reaction
- an in-class oral
- a final exam.
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
- H. G. Wells, The Time
- H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau
- Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
- Octavia Butler, Kindred
- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
- short stories by Stanley
Weinbaum, James Tiptree, Jr., William Gibson, and others