This course will examine two British science fiction novels from the 1950s to look at ways this genre beautifully reflects contemporary fears of war, nuclear destruction, economic chaos, and environmental concerns. The key novels we will focus on will be The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951) and On the Beach by Neville Shute (1957). By reading, discussing and examining the themes of these novels (and extracts of other science fiction of the time), we will build a critical lens through which to compare 1950s themes and world views of gender, politics, society and psychological fears of that period with contemporary ones.
Note: This course will not meet on Patriot's Day, Monday April 17th, and will resume the following the Monday.
*No class Patriot's Day Monday, April 17