Upper-Division Seminar : The Age of Simulation in Philosophy, Literature, and Film

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Winter 2013
Instructor:
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Location: SH 2617
Description:
This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Technologies such as cameras and computers have put so much distance between humans and their artistic representations of reality that it has become evermore difficult, if not futile, to distinguish simulation from reality, or fiction from fact. This class will explore how this situation came to be, and the philosophical problems—and opportunities—it presents. Texts will include selections from the philosophy of Heidegger, Kittler, and Baudrillard; and literary and cinematic works such as Stoker's Dracula, West's Day of the Locust, Egan's Permutation City, and the Matrix.

Once this course is full/closed, you can sign up to the wait list at:
http://waitlist.ucsb.edu

Students on the wait-list must attend the first day of lecture/section to enroll in the course. For more information see the English Department Crash Policy.