What do the films The Matrix, Avatar,
and Black Panther
have in common? Answer: Race, Apocalypse, and Liberal Humanism. In this course we will explore the various ways racial identity informs and enables science fiction literature, film, and the related aesthetic, Afro-futurism. Special attention will be devoted to the work of MacArthur fellow science fiction writer, Octavia Butler. Additionally, we will explore representations of gender and race by comparing and contrasting Butler’s fiction to popular science fiction films, notably The Book of Eli
and Black Panther.
The main goal of the course is to study how race, broadly and specifically, informs the speculative worlds created by writers, filmmakers, and actors and to examine the resulting effect of these representations. Satisfies GE Area C2. Satisfies the upper-division Ethnic Studies requirement.