Spring 2023 Spanish BC3180 section 001

Between Science Fiction and Climate Fict


Call Number 00212
Day & Time
TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
202 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Orlando Bentancor
Course Description

This course explores the entanglement between traditional science fiction and the emerging genre of climate change fiction (popularly known as “cli-fi”) in Latin American literature. Traditionally, while science fiction imagines future scientific or technological advances and significant social or environmental changes, climate fiction deals more specifically with climate change and global warming. By focusing on the ideological and aesthetic implications of the human/non-human binary, this course will explore how the history of colonialism makes Latin America a unique laboratory of experimentation that combines these two genres. We will ask questions such as: How are phenomena such as climate change, post-humanism, animal, machine, artificial intelligence regionalized in Latin American fiction? How is the relationship between colonization and the extraction of natural resources fictionalized in twentieth-century literature? What are the different ways in which Latin American authors negotiate issues such as “development,” “progress,” and technological and capitalist expansion in their fiction? How do they imagine a future after climate change? How do climate change and technological development affect gender, racial, and class relations in Latin America? We will examine how specific literary fiction varies in response to the long-term history of capitalism, patriarchal domination, and the technological domination of nature in Latin America.

Web Site Vergil
Department Spanish and Latin American Culture
Enrollment 17 students (15 max) as of 10:07AM Saturday, May 25, 2024
Status Full
Subject Spanish
Number BC3180
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20231SPAN3180X001