*** see also a graduate seminar being taught at Tufts Univeristy by Prof. Liz Ammons
MWF 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Ballantine Hall 018
Topic Title: PROJECTS IN READING WRITING
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement: EC
Session: Full Term
Start Date: 1/11/2016 End Date:5/6/2016
An increasing number of writers, filmmakers, and artists are pursuing creative ways of representing climate change, particularly through the genre of climate-change fiction (or, cli-fi ).
Some examples of cli-fi-inspired works include the Hollywood blockbuster Day After Tomorrow and sleeper hit Snowpiercer, as well as bestselling literature like Barbara Kingsolver¿s Flight Behavior and Nat Rich¿s Odds Against Tomorrow. In this course, we will ask: what is cli-fi? Who is its audience? In what different ways do cli-fi texts represent life beyond ¿the tipping point¿? What different types of futures are represented by cli-fi? Are cli-fi futures necessarily (post-) apocalyptic? To answer these questions, we will examine a variety of literary and visual cli-fi texts, including short selections from authors including Ursula LeGuin and Margaret Atwood and recently released films Interstellar and Mad Max: Fury Road. This course will interest STEM and humanities students alike, particularly those interested in applying literary and textual analysis to ¿real-life¿ problems. This course emphasizes college-level critical thinking, reading, and writing skills and culminates in a research-based essay on an independently-chosen cli-fi text.