Category Archives: SF

Did Disney read Frankenstein?

Before taking this class, I was not very familiar with the conventions, history and common knowledge between authors of the 19th century, but now I am able to see the influences of 19th century literature everywhere, even in Disney movies! I discovered this pretty easily because I have an 11-year-old sister and ever since she […] Continue reading

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Undertale – Player Agency in a Sci-Fi World

Whenever I’m reading a book that transports me to another world, or another version of reality, I always think about what I would do if I were in the main character’s shoes. That’s part of what it’s like to relate to a character – to experience their story alongside them, seeing how they act, and […] Continue reading

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Black Mirror: 200 Years of Sci-Fi Influence

SPOILER WARNING FOR BLACK MIRROR SEASONS 3 AND 4 Over the past decade, anthology series have seen a significant rise in popularity, particularly in the horror and science fiction genres. From “American Horror Story” to the revival of the classic series “The Twilight Zone”, anthologies are in high demand both on streaming services and on […] Continue reading

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Could Slavery Come Back?

The most difficult scenes to read in Kindred are the ones that describe whipping. I knew that it was an extremely painful punishment, but without having experienced it, I never would have understood its powerful psychological effects in maintaining the power imbalance during slavery. After reading Kindred, I gained a new understanding of the violence […] Continue reading

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A World Without Genres

“What kind of music do you like listening to?” Whenever people ask me this question, it takes me a very long time to create a cohesive answer. Typically, I stumble out my usual response, “everything”. I listen to a good mixture of alternative, country, soft pop, some EDM, and hip-hop. My favorite songs are those […] Continue reading

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The Importance of Diverse Voices In and Out of the Classroom

About three years ago, there was a controversy when African American actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as Hermione Granger in the theatrical production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Many were outraged that a character that was white in the movies could now be African-American despite there being no mention of Hermione’s race in […] Continue reading

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Blood Lines – Graphic Fiction about Genetic Enhancement

This collaborative project from 2008 features the artwork of Anna Musun-Miller and the creative narrative by Matt Walker, both former Vanderbilt students in an early iteration of this class. http://bloodlines.comicgenesis.com/d/20080418.html Continue reading

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The Memefication of Academia

It’s impossible to be a citizen of the 21st century without being somewhat familiar with the ubiquitous, ever-changing phenomenon of “Internet culture”. My generation never even knew a time without the Internet. Every day of our lives, we consume thousands of bite-sized chunks of micro-content from our smartphone screens designed to grab our attention and […] Continue reading

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Empathy or Pity: Racialization and Alienation in Sci-Fi

When reading Haggard’s “She,” I came across a common trope that has bothered me for some time. The novel depicts the adventures of the two men as they travel through Africa with the protection of British Imperialism. Although the novel’s narrator describes Vincey as an infallibly beautiful Greek god, Holly’s description focuses on the alienness […] Continue reading

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Confessions of a Librarian’s Daughter

I can’t stand when people watch a movie before they read the book. There. I said it. Even back in fourth grade when a film adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s renowned Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit theaters, I was appalled by my young cohort watching in awe from front row seats, so mindless of the […] Continue reading

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