The Posthuman

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." ~ George Orwell

Schedule

June 26: Introduction

July 3: What is the Human?
Film: Encounters at the End of the World (screening in class)
Henry David Thoreau,
“Solitude”
Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived and What I Lived For"
Worksheet #1 Due

July 10: Sentience and Evolution
Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely,
WE3
Blog Response Due

July 17: Whatever Happened to the Real in Reality?
Film: Donnie Darko
Ray Bradbury, “
The Veldt” and "There Will Come Soft Rains"
Blog Response Due

July 24: We Are All Made of Web Sites
Film: The Social Network
Michael Chorost,
"World Wide Mind"
Blog Response Due

July 31: The Machine Man
Film: Metropolis
Gray, et al., “Cyborgology”
Blog Response Due
Midterm Self-evaluation Due

August 7: Androids and Replicants, pt. 1
Philip K. Dick,
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto"
Blog Response Due

August 14: Androids and Replicants, pt. 2
Film: Blade Runner (clips)
Film: Animatrix: "The Second Renaissance" (screening in class)
Philip K. Dick,
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Bring Final Project Sketch to Class
Blog Response Due

August 21: Monstrous Becoming
Film: Alien
Judith Halberstam and Ira Livingston, "Posthuman Bodies"
Blog Response Due

August 28: What Sort of Animal Are We?
Film: Night of the Living Dead
Film: The Walking Dead, "Guts" (screening in class)
Blog Response Due (optional)
Final Project Due
Final Self-evaluation Due
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