I’m pleased to announce a new course for Spring 2018: Machines and the Age of Invention (H375; Course #31774). We will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:45.
2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, arguably the first modern science fiction novel. Using Frankenstein as its key text, this course explores the history of science and medical ethics during the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics that we will discuss include grave robbing, dissection, gender, and human consciousness. We will place historical documents in conversation with contemporary debates through examining Frankenstein’s influence on popular culture including films such as Blade Runner and Ex Machina.
Our course meetings will cover the following topics.
Week 1: Introductions
Week 2: The Year Without a Summer
Week 3: Frankenstein
Week 4: GIS Lab
Week 5: Dual Revolutions
Week 6: Capital and Capitalism
Week 7: Cotton and Slavery
Week 8: Workers and Machines
Week 9: The Great Divergence
Week 10: Human Psychology, Learning, Reason, and Sensibility
Week 11: Gender and Race
Week 12: Execution, Body Snatching, and Reanimation
Week 13: Nature and Monsters
Week 14: Posthumans and Cyborgs
Week 15: The Anthropocene
This course can also be taken for graduate credit. Please contact Jason M. Kelly for more information.