Steampunk Civilizations

Layne McDaniel
Day/Time Taught: 
103: MW 3:30 – 4:45 pm; 108: MW 5:00 – 6:15 pm
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This course will engage students in several areas.  Steampunk is an international phenomenon that has spawned not only fiction and film, but fashion and home decorating trends. Lively international on0line communities participate in a global debate about the role of technology in our past and our future as a species. 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. We will focus on two novels, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. We will watch and analyze several steampunk films across several genres including clockpunk, cowpunk, deiselpunk, and anime. All of these 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. Special attention will be given to steampunk’s role in international fandoms.

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:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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