You can book tutorials with David Ingram during the module, or drop in anytime during my office hours, where we can discuss your coursework. My weekly office hours and appointment schedules are posted on my office door. My office is G143, located on the first floor of the Gaskell Building. You can leave a messages for me by calling 01895-266587 or you can leave a message with the School of Arts office (ask at the switchboard on 01895-274000). Alternatively email me to be assigned a time to see me, or to ask any other questions relevant to the course. This is often the quickest way to contact me. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Programme N.B. The module runs in Term 1 only.
Week 1: What is ‘Science Fiction’?
Screening: Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox, 1958, US)
Secondary films: Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931, US), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh, 1994, US), Judge Dredd (Danny Cannon, 1995, US).
What characterises science fiction? This lecture will map out some of the key themes and topics addressed in the rest of the module. Definitions of science and technology will be discussed, as well as the problems of defining science fiction. The ‘fuzzy’ border between science fiction and horror will be examined, providing a way of identifying the generic conventions of science fiction film. In the seminar, issues raised in the lecture will come under discussion and the film Forbidden Planet will be considered in some detail as a means of identifying what we have come to expect from science fiction cinema.