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SPAN 5355 - Seminar in Hispanic Literature: “Strange and Brave New Worlds: Hispanic Science Fiction”

Dr. George Cole

“Strange and Brave New Worlds: Hispanic Science Fiction”

As the planet becomes more globalized, cinema and the internet have become a huge influence in the way one disseminate culture. Science fiction films have become blockbusters and part of the culture of the world, and have influenced and inspired a younger generation of authors in Spain and Spanish America to leave behind more traditional ways of writing and embrace styles, techniques and subjects frequently seen in popular movies and more marginal literary genres.

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a general view of new literary tendencies taking place in the Hispanic World in the 21st Century, particularly in the area of Science Fiction (i.e. Dystopian futures, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, etc.), as they tried to make sense of their reality, the impact of technology, and the massive changes that take place in a more dehumanized and mechanized era.