English 173

The Language and Literature of Films: Cinematic Futures, Literary Visions

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2018 Jones, Donna V.
MTuTh 2-4:30 Hearst Mining 310 A

Other Readings and Media

Required Works: Fritz Lang: Metropolis; Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Ridley Scott: BladeRunner; Denis Villeneuve: BladeRunner 2049


This course will compare literary works of futurism—science fiction, utopian and fantastic literature—with cinematic adaptations of speculative fiction. Some of the thematic questions we will address: how does the contemporary shape both literary and cinematic representations of the future? Why are cinematic futures so often failed utopias? This class will begin with a careful examination of genre and form—we will begin with excerpts from the structuralist TzvetanTodorov's The Fantastic and Frederic Jameson's The Archeology of the Future. The course will also explore the contribution of advances in film technology to cinematic depictions of the future.

This course will be taught in Session A, from May 21 to June 28.

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