|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Science Fiction & Ecology
- Course Number: ENGL 192EF
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- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 192
- Quarter: Spring 2020
This course will introduce the literary genre of science fiction (SF) and its engagements with the science of ecology. Beginning with Mary Shelley’s classic text Frankenstein (1818), long considered one of the first texts in the genre of science fiction, we will explore how different writers imagine the relationships between subject and environment. In this examination, we will consider posthuman theories of the subject as an amalgam or patchwork that is radically open to its environment (Swamp Thing, Exhalation). In the second part of class, we will turn to climate fiction and ecological disaster in film, fiction, and short stories (Mad Max: Fury Road [film]; The Collapse of Western Civilization). We will also consider climate allegories like The Fifth Season, which paints a harrowing Anthropocene future that coincides with structural prejudice. The class will conclude with two hopeful texts that imagine forms of engaged citizenship, To Be Taught if Fortunate and the short collection of speeches by climate activist Greta Thunberg, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference. During the quarter, we will consider topics including cybernetics, species extinction, petrofiction, ecological Marxism, Afrofuturism, biopolitics, the Anthropocene, the posthuman, gender, race, collectivity, and dystopia. For English Majors, this course counts for either the “Literature & Environment” or “Literature & Cultures of Information” specializations.