Stephen W. Potts
I’m also teaching a course for 2013 Summer Session 2, which begins August 5 and ends September 7. Unlike Session 1, which is a writing course, this is a study/appreciation of science fiction films. Students and non-students can enroll in summer classes, so fans of film or science fiction are welcome.*
LTWL 4M: Great Science Fiction Films
Although science fiction has become commonplace on the big and little screens, relatively few films stand out as major influences on the genre or works of art on their own. Even more than science fiction in print, such films reflect the dominant Zeitgeist, the mood of their times. In this course we will view and discuss a handful of movies produced from the 1950s to the 21st century, among them the work of such distinctive directors as Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey), Ridley Scott (Bladerunner), and Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys). We will place the movies in their historical and cultural context with short readings—both fiction and non-fiction—and spend some time on the language of cinematic production and critique.
* Enrollment is filled, but you can register for the waiting list.