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2020-2021 Catalog

FYS 092 Forging the Human: Sci-Fi and Fantasy in Russian and East-European Culture

Artists have long relied on the science fiction and fantasy genres as subtle but precise tools for social and political critique. This seminar examines 20th century literary and cinematic explorations into future worlds and fantastic transformations of humanity in the volatile regions of Russia and East Central Europe. We consider how technology, revolution, race hatred, and shifting gender norms, prompted artists to radically reimagine the boundaries of the human.