This course investigates why contemporary popular culture imagines the future in post-apocalyptic terms. We’ll examine three sub-genres of pop fiction: cyberpunk, horror, and Afrofuturism. What does the future look like from the perspectives of infotech, biohorror, and blackness? To answer that question, we’ll survey work in a variety of genres: novels (Neuromancer, Zone One, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand), movies (Bladerunner 2049, Annihilation, Space is the Place), and music (the futuristic sounds of Sun Ra, Hieroglyphic Being, Janelle Monae, and Ras G). Prepare for a semester of weird visions. As Sun Ra says, “It’s after the end of the world—don’t you know that yet?”
Restricted to Sophomores and Juniors.
May be repeated for up to 6 credits, provided topics vary.