Topics in Literature: Literature and Biotechnology

Course Number: ENGL 165LB
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor: Raley, Rita
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 2128

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different. This course will engage some of the philosophical, cultural, and social implications of biotechnology, with particular attention to biocapital (especially the market for genetic materials), cloning, genetic engineering, transgenic species, body modification, technologies of reproduction, and the production of the 'human'. We will take a fairly expansive approach to biotechnology as a conceptual frame for the course in that we will also discuss issues such as life management and the care of the self (from Michel Foucault to Extreme Makeover).

William Gibson, Neuromancer
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
Caryl Churchill, A Number
Manjula Padmanabhan, Harvest
Steve Tomasula, VAS: An Opera in Flatland
Robert Venditti, Surrogates Volume 1

Films discussed in class include Blade Runner, Gattaca, The Island, Surrogates and others.

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