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FREN 300 Science and Fiction (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (First semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

In this course, students will examine the cultural and artistic relationship between the sciences and the arts from the end of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. We will consider how the term “science-fiction” (a term of French origin) is fundamental to cultural and artistic development of the modern era. Topics of discussion will include the impact of psychoanalysis and sociology, two sciences of the modern era that owe their development to literature, as well as positivism and its role in creating the science-fiction novel.