Located Afterworlds: How Imagination Bends

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Anne F. Walker PhD
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Monday 9:00am  to  12:00pm  @  Wheeler 119
Wednesday 9:00am  to  12:00pm  @  Wheelerl 119
Section Description 

Everything happens in an intersection of time and space, and imagination fuels future actions.  By considering narratives about alternate worlds located in the Bay Area and then in our broader world—via speculative fiction, nonfiction, films, articles, and theory—this course explores how creativity can shape social and technological change.  It also examines ideas of place, and how personal change intersects with a transforming wider world.

Texts are available at:

University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Cal Student Store

Book List 

They Say / I Say (4th edition), Cathy Birkenstein and Gerald Graff; Genre: reference; Access: eTextbook, hardcover, paperback; ISBN-10: 0393631672, ISBN-13: 978-0393631678

Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach; Genre(s): subgenre of science fiction and utopian fiction; Access: paperback; ISBN-10: 159714293X, ISBN-13: 978-1597142939

12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam; Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction (1996 Film); Access: YouTube or other streaming service of your choice

Earth Abides,  George R. Steward; Genre(s): "post-apocalyptic" subgenre of science fiction; Access: Kindel, audiobook, hardcover, paperback; ISBN-10: 0345487133, ISBN-13: 978-0345487131

The World Without Us, Alan Weisman; Genre: nonfiction; Access: Kindel, audiobook, hardcover, paperback; ISBN-10: 0312427905, ISBN-13: 978-0312427900

Films on the near future—TBD by the class; Genre: Documentary film; Access: — free streaming service accessed through UC Berkeley Libraries