Teaching the New English: Teaching Science Fiction

Fiction, Teaching library, Twentieth century literature

scifiEdited by Andy Sawyer and Peter Wright

Print Pub Date: March 2011
Online Date: March 2011

Overview

The importance of science fiction to undergraduate literary studies cannot be underestimated. Its capacity to challenge students’ social, political and cultural perspectives makes it invaluable in highlighting the contingent nature of contemporary society and the potential for change. Teaching Science Fiction is the first book in thirty years to address how science fiction might be taught to this effect. It presents comprehensive treatments of the major phases in the development of the genre including the scientific romance, Golden Age science fiction, the New Wave and science fiction’s engagement with the postmodern. The book identifies and explores innovative teaching strategies which will both engage and challenge students whilst providing practical advice on how an sf course can be designed, delivered and evaluated. Sample syllabuses, a detailed chronology, a compact history of the genre and an extensive bibliography make this an invaluable guide for anyone teaching, or considering teaching, science fiction at undergraduate level.