Speculative Fiction


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Tuesdays & Thursdays



This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

Speculative fiction is a field of storytelling in which imaginative scenarios are created to illuminate real-life questions and problems. It encompasses many genres including science fiction, gothic novels, plays, films, and even operas and graphic novels. The syllabus ranges from *Utopia* to *Frankenstein*, Octavia Butler’s *Parable of the Sower*, *Ursula K. La Guin’s *Left Hand of Darkness*, and Alan Moore’s graphic novel *Watchmen*, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s *Klara and the Sun*. Assignments include oral presentations, two short critical essays, and a final project, incorporating writing and artwork, in which students design and illustrate a speculative fiction scenario addressing a contemporary question or problem.

This is an online class that will meet on ZOOM.

No class July 4th.

BFA Students: This course satisfies the Summative Elective.

This class has already begun.

Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen holds a BA from Haverford College, and an MA and PhD from Boston University. He is Professor of English at MassArt. He has been published in the Classic Record Collector.