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Science Fiction

​Project Summary:

  • This virtual exchange/GLE project linked Prof. John Shanahan’s “Science Fiction” course (DePaul University, USA) with Prof. Gisele Fernandes’s “American Literature III” course (Sao Paulo State University, Brazil). It incorporated a number of phone and laptop-based activities to bring students into conversation across continents and cultures over five weeks. Students in both classes read three novels at the same time during the term: Don DeLillo’s classic interrogation of technology and violence White Noise, William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and Liu Cixin’s recent global Science Fiction phenomenon The Three-Body Problem. The students formed transnational teams to present on the novels live, synchronously, from their classrooms in Chicago and Rio Preto. As a final project, students created 45-minute group presentations, one for each novel. The shared course content – global science fiction across novels and new media – had fully globalized audiences, which increased the international experiences for both students and faculty. 

Project Length: 

  • Five weeks

Technology Tools Used: 

  • Instagram
  • Google Drive
  • Zoom
  • Skype

Communication Type/ Interaction Mode :

  • Synchronous 
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes : 

  • Description and analysis of a range of literary works in English
  • Attention to the impact of culture, race, gender, sexuality, and class on literature
  • Analysis of science fiction as a genre with a distinct history and set of formal features
  • Analysis of the cultural evolution of science fiction around the world

Reflection Component : 

  • Reflection posts on D2L and 2 evaluation instruments.

Empathy Building Component :

  • Self-introductions shared via a joint Instagram account.

John Shanahan

John Shanahan

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: English
Course name: Science Fiction

Gisele Manganelli Fernandes

Gisele Manganelli Fernandes

Institution: Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
Discipline: Literature
Course name: American Literature III

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil

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