Steampunk Civilizations

Mareva McDaniel
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 2:00 – 3:15; MW 3:30 – 4:45 pm
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This course will engage students in several areas.  We will explore the role of historical imagination in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the impact of technology on history and culture, and how those have been translated into films, novels, websites, and subcultures.  We will examine the industrial revolution, political theory and economy. Then we will look at large technological shifts occurring in our lifetimes. The class will read a selection of novels ranging from Steampunk Prime to  Bellamy’s Looking Backward.  Jules Verne and Phillip Pullman will also be on the reading list.  Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions will provide a framework for plotting “progress” and serve as a foil for the science fiction and anime themes that borrow from steampunk culture.  Toffler’s Future Shock will illustrate how one recent generation imagined the future.  Richardson’s, Out of Our Minds will give students a taste of current public intellectuals’ visions for the future. Cornish’s Exploration of the Future will provide students with one methodology for imagining the future for themselves. The genre will allow us to examine gender relations power relations, government, invention, and the role of technology in shaping the past, how we imagine the past, and how we envision the future. Each week will have a short assigned writing theme to allow the students to reflect on the ideas they’ve covered and to practice their writing skills.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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