Fall 2023 Undergraduate English Courses

358:438 New Wave: Science Fiction of the 1960s and 1970s

01   CAC   MW7   08194  LAWRENCE   HH-B4

In the 1960s and early 1970s, science fiction in the United States and Britain became more formally experimental and increasingly engaged with the ideas of political and social movements. The term that many writers and critics of the time used to designate this literary trend was “New Wave,” by analogy with the roughly contemporaneous “French New Wave” in film. In this course, we will read a variety of authors associated with the New Wave in SF, as well as a few later authors influenced by the trend. We will also critically examine the concept of the “New Wave” itself. Authors studied may include Ursula Le Guin, J.G. Ballard, Samuel Delany, Arthur Clarke, Joanna Russ, Frank Herbert, Octavia Butler, Harlan Ellison, and Kim Stanley Robinson.