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Module Code: ENG315
Module Title: Technoculture
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the intricate relationship between technology, culture and literature. Beginning the industrial revolution, it will critically trace the major theories and texts of this genre, including but not limited to Science Fiction, and give students a solid understanding of how technology is increasingly becoming a second nature to human lives.
Learning outcomes 
A Critically understand the role of technology in the cultural imaginary

B Be familiar with the main theoretical texts on technology and its growing impact on human life

C Be familiar with seminal texts on technology in literature and film

D Be familiar with utopic and dystopic modes of description of the impact of technology on human lives

E Synthesise theoretical and practical applications of the texts discussed
Method of teaching and learning 

Texts are subject to change but may typically include:

Week One: Introduction to Technoculture: Walter Benjamin, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’; Literature and the industrial revolution: Train poetics; ETA Hoffmann, Sandman

Week Two: Technology Gone Bad: Celine and Ernst Jünger / Paul Virilio and the integral accident. Heidegger's framing

Week Three: Cyborg Culture and the New Flesh: David Cronenberg, Videodrome (1983); Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, dir., 1996); Donna Haraway, Cyborg Manifesto.

Week Four: Science and Society: Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932); Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern (1991); Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962).

Week Five: Sex and Surveillance: Michael Powell, Peeping Tom (1960); Steve Mc Queen, Shame (2011); Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle (1967)

Week Seven: Myths of the Near Future: J.G. Ballard, short stories

Week Eight: Urban Economies: Manuel Castells, The City and the Grassroots (1983); Fritz Lang, Metropolis (1927); Alex Cox, Repo Man (1984); Alex Pro, I, Robot (2004)

Week Nine: Gender and Technology: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Ursula le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969); Ursula le Guin, ‘Is Gender Necessary Redux’ (1992).

Week Ten: Race and Technology: Gary Ross, Pleasantville (1998); John Brunner, The Martian Sphinx (1965); Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark (1993)

Week Eleven: Media and Technology: Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media (2001); Douglas Coupland, Microserfs (1995)

Week Twelve: Religion and Transcendence: Iain M Banks, Consider Phlebas (1987); Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future (2007)

Week Thirteen: Revision and Tutorials
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 30.00
2 Essay 70.00

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