Mary Anne Mohanraj’s new minority authors in SF/F syllabus

Mary Anne Mohanraj’s is teaching a new university class on minority authors in SF/F. Her outstanding syllabus (we may be biased here!) includes The Apex Book of World SF, with several stories represented, alongside works from So Long Been Dreaming, Dark Matter and others. The full syllable is below – don’t you wish you could take that course?

Week 1, 8/23 & 8/25: Introduction; Our Frightening Future

Samuel R. Delany, “Racism and Science Fiction,” Dark Matter
Charles Saunders, “Why Blacks Should Read (and Write) Science Fiction,” Dark Matter
Walter Mosley, “Black to the Future,” Dark Matter
Miguel de Unamuno, “Mechanopolis,” Cosmos Latinos
Juan José Arreola, “Baby H.P.,” Cosmos Latinos
Pablo Capanna, “Acronia,” Cosmos Latinos
Alberto Vanasco, “Post-Boomboom,” Cosmos Latinos
Recommended: “Introduction: Science Fiction in Latin America and Spain,” Cosmos Latinos

Week 2, 8/30 & 9/1: The Shape of Our World
Nalo Hopkinson, “Introduction,” So Long Been Dreaming
Tobias Buckell, “Toy Planes,” (handout, from Nature online)
Los Bros. Hernandez, Mechanix (handout)
Han Song, “The Wheel of Samsara,” The Apex Book of World SF
Yang Ping, “Wizard World,” The Apex Book of World SF
Anil Menon, “Into the Night,” The Apex Book of World SF
Tamai Kobayashi, “Panopte’s Eye,” So Long Been Dreaming
Recommended: Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

Week 3, 9/6 & 9/8: The Hero and the Quest
Dean Francis Alfar, “L’Aquilone du Estrellas (“The Kite of Stars”),” The Apex Book of World SF
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, “When Scarabs Multiply,” So Long Been Dreaming
Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Talking to Elephants,” Abyss & Apex (handout)
Charles Saunders, “Gimmile’s Songs,” Dark Matter
Charles Saunders, Imaro (excerpt, handout)

Week 4, 9/13 & 9/15: The Hero and the Quest, continued.
Samuel R. Delany, Tales of Neveryon

Week 5, 9/20 & 9/22: Identity Issues / The Divided Self
Magdalena Mouján Otaño, “Gu Ta Gutarrak (We and Our Own),” Cosmos Latinos
Richard de la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero, “The Day We Went through the Transition,” Cosmos Latinos
S.P. Somtow, “The Bird Catcher,” The Apex Book of World SF
Tananarive Due, “Like Daughter,” Dark Matter
Kristin Mandigma, “Excerpt From a Letter by a Social-Realist Aswang,” The Apex Book of World SF
Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Esthely Blue,” Wicked Words 3

Week 6, 9/27 & 9/29: The Alien / Other
Octavia E. Butler, “The Monophobic Response,” Dark Matter
Ángel Arango, “The Cosmonaut,” Cosmos Latinos
Braulio Tavares, “Stuntmind,” Cosmos Latinos
Jewelle Gomez, “Chicago 1927,” Dark Matter
Larissa Lai, “Rachel,” So Long Been Dreaming
Octavia E. Butler, “Bloodchild,” Bloodchild and Other Stories

Week 7, 10/4 & 10/6: The Alien / Other, continued.
Octavia E. Butler, Dawn

Week 8, 10/11 & 10/13: Race / Ethnicity
W.E.B. du Bois, “The Comet,” Dark Matter
Evie Shockley, “Separation Anxiety,” Dark Matter
Steven Barnes, “The Woman in the Wall,” Dark Matter
Derrick Bell, “The Space Traders,” Dark Matter
Eden Robinson, “Terminal Avenue,” So Long Been Dreaming
Recommended: Tobias Buckell, Crystal Rain

Week 9, 10/18: State and Class
Eduardo Goligorsky, “The Last Refuge,” Cosmos Latinos
Guillermo Lavín, “Reaching the Shore,” Cosmos Latinos
Elia Barceló, “First Time,” Cosmos Latinos
Mauricio José Schwarz, “Glimmerings on Blue Glass,” Cosmos Latinos
Vandana Singh, “Delhi,” So Long Been Dreaming
Uppinder Mehan, “Final Thoughts,” So Long Been Dreaming

Week 10, 10/25 & 10/27: The Uses of Language
Elgin, excerpts from The Language Imperative
Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber

Week 11, 11/1 & 11/3: The Uses of Language, continued.
Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber

Week 12, 11/8 & 11/10: Sexualities
Samuel R. Delany, “Aye, and Gomorrah,” Dark Matter
Angélica Gorodischer, “The Violet’s Embryos,” Cosmos Latinos
Suzette Mayr, “Toot Sweet Matricia,” So Long Been Dreaming
Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Jump Space,” Thoughtcrime Experiments
Leone Ross, “Tasting Songs,” Dark Matter

Week 13, 11/15 & 11/17: Religion / Spirituality
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, “Sister Lilith,” Dark Matter
Jamil Nasir, “The Allah Stairs,” The Apex Book of World SF
Mary Anne Mohanraj, “At the Gates of the City,” Silence and the Word
Tunku Halim, “Biggest Baddest Bomoh,” The Apex Book of World SF

Week 14, 11/22: Dreams and Nightmares
Hiromi Goto, Half-World

11/29: Hiromi Goto, Half-World; Thesis & Outline Due

12/1: Final Paper Draft Due

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