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Master 2021/2022

Science and English Literature

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Russian and Comparative Literature)
Area of studies: Philology
When: 1 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Instructors: Mark Robert Taylor
Master’s programme: Русская литература и компаративистика
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course explores relationships between literature and scientific thought from the nineteenth century onwards. Connections between the two fields are multiple and nuanced: writers of literature aiming for new models for representing the world have routinely engaged with scientific theories, while scientists have also leaned upon metaphor and other literary rhetoric in explaining their ideas. The course will examine a range of texts spanning literary genres which illustrate these connections.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The objectives of this course are: • To present texts exemplar of the interaction between literature and science • To outline key approaches to analysing the engagement of literary texts with scientific theory • To develop an appreciation of the two-way relationship between the fields of literature and science
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will: • Recognize major points of intersection between scientific theory and works of literature across a range of genres • Be able to employ scientific theory as a tool for analysing literature • Recognize the role of narrative form in moulding scientific thought and discourse
  • Students will: • Recognize major points of intersection between scientific theory and works of literature across a range of genres • Be able to employ scientific theory as a tool for analysing literature • Recognize the role of narrative form in moulding scientific thought and discourse
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Literary Form and Scientific Texts
  • Forensic Science and Detective Fiction
  • Technological Dependency
  • Inhuman Scale
  • The Conscience of Science
  • Genetics and Bio-Catastrophe
  • Science and Human Nature
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking активность на семинарах
  • non-blocking домашнее задание (подготовка презентации)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.3 * активность на семинарах + 0.7 * домашнее задание (подготовка презентации)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Arthur Conan Doyle. (2019). Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection (All the Novels and Stories in One Volume). [N.p.]: The Classics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2145419
  • Atwood, M., & 3M Company. (2004). Oryx and Crake. [S.l.]: Anchor. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=738025
  • Charles Darwin. (2018). On the Origin of Species. [N.p.]: Alma Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2112759
  • E. M. Forster. (2015). The Machine Stops. [N.p.]: Start Classics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=959689
  • Francesco Nieddu. (2019). Symbiosis and telepathy as biological basis of utopia in Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men. Between, (17). https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/3618
  • Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future. (2013). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.EA39B1F0
  • Rogers, J. (2014). Unified Fields : Science and Literary Form. Montreal & Kingston: MQUP. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=937787

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Boyarkina Iren. (2019). The destiny of life and mind in the universe in the works by Arthur Clarke and Olaf Stapledon. Zbornik Radova Filozofskog Fakulteta u Prištini, (3), 113. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.189ccea5144a44c0afb29b7fde50ff2a
  • Caporaletti, S. (1997). Science as Nightmare: “The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster. Utopian Studies, 8(2), 32. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=4796375
  • Ellen Burton Harrington. (2017). Fan phenomena: Sherlock Holmes, edited by Tom Ue and Jonathan Cranfield [book review]. Transformative Works and Cultures. https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2017.0914
  • Heller, T. (2019). Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ers&AN=119621999
  • Key Words. (n.d.). The Fatal Garment of Technology a Critical Analysis of E.M Forester’s ‘The Machine Stops.’ Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F95DACAB
  • Mureşan, O. (2014). Where East Meets West in Harmony: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Aldous Huxley’s Island. Philologica Jassyensia, 10, 349–356. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=116280057
  • Pordzik, R. (2010). Closet Fantasies and the Future of Desire in E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 53(1), 54–74. https://doi.org/10.2487/elt.53.1(2010)0052
  • Ruston, S. (1999). P.B. Shelley and the science of life. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsndl&AN=edsndl.oai.union.ndltd.org.bl.uk.oai.ethos.bl.uk.366974
  • Sanderson, J. (2013). Pigoons, Rakunks and Crakers: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Genetically Engineered Animals in a (Latourian) Hybrid World. Law & Humanities, 7(2), 218–240. https://doi.org/10.5235/17521483.7.2.218
  • Steiner, P. (2017). Digital Humanities and Russian Formalism: Darwinism and Anti-Darwinism in Literary History. Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Seriia 6: Filosofia, Kulturologia, Politologia, Mezdunarodnye Otnosenia, 33(2), 217–223. https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu17.2017.209
  • Symons, A. (2015). Aldous Huxley’s Hands : His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science. Amherst, New York: Prometheus. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=967300