How does literature seek to accommodate new ideas from science? When do new technologies find their way into the public sphere? What happens when scientists and engineers translate their findings into novels or other narratives? This course reads literature as evidence of the diffusion of technological and scientific ideas. When literary forms are used to promote, challenge or even misrepresent scientific or technical developments, students gain insight into the interaction between scientists, engineers and society at large. This course may be organized around different themes, but it always explores how scientific and technological ideas fare in the republic of letters.
Prerequisites: One Level 2 STS Cluster HuSS Elective. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.