David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2008

Academic Year 2009-10 Planning

Fall 2009

MDST 4xx
Possible titles: Computers and Identity - Artificial Intelligence
Cross-lists: ENCR, ENMC
Satisfies: 2nd writing
Fiction: Joseph McElroy, Plus; Richard Powers, Galataea 2.2; Stanislaw Lem, ;
Films: AI; Blade Runner;
TV: ST:TNG (Data); Battlestar Galactica
Criticism: Hayles, Fuss, Lacan, Turkle

MDST 3xx
Hard Science Fiction

Topic/Rubric: Contemporary Media
Cross-lists: ENMC
Contemporary film, television and written narratives in the genre that purports to include "plausible" science for its foundations. This class will ask whether such an idea is plausible, among the many questions it will study.
Fiction: Asimov, Lem, Benford, Clarke, Niven, Bear;
Films: Event Horizon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Aliens, Solaris (US and USSR versions), Scanners, The Day of the Triffids;
TV: Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Outer Limits

Spring 2010

ENCR 9xx
Poststructuralist Language Theory

Topic/Rubric: Poststructuralism
Cross-lists: ANTH, LING
Description
Theorists: Derrida, de Man, Silverstein, Bauman, Briggs, Lacan, Urban, Irvine, Irigaray, Wittig, Spivak

MDST 3xx
Experimentalism
Topic/Rubric: Contemporary Media
Cross-lists: ENCR, ENMC, ARTH
Description
Filmmakers: Brakhage, Sharits, Frampton, Resnais, Robbe-Grillet
Video: Paik, Nauman,
Theorists: Cage, Frampton,
Authors: Robbe-Grillet, Coolidge, Scalapino