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ERIC Number: ED438545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-4
Pages: 15
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Using Science Fiction To Teach Mainstream Literature.
Fife, Ernelle
This paper illustrates several examples of visual science fiction use in teaching literary classics, and is based on the philosophy that students share a visual cultural literacy through movies and television, types of representation with which they are more familiar than with literary texts. It claims that visual science fiction can be utilized in classes to teach undergraduates how to read literary classics, especially at allegorical and moral levels, and that science fiction depictions can also be used as modern retellings of specific literary classics. Examples of visual science fiction uses cited include "Star Wars," which works well due to its status as a cultural phenomenon, and analogies drawn between various "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episodes or parodies and classics such as "Don Quixote,""The Epic of Gilgamesh," and Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Rappaccini's Daughter." (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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