131T | CCN: 24428

Genre in Film and Literature

Obscure Intelligences: Alien, Artificial, and Otherwise

Instructor: IK Udekwu,

4 Units

F 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Dwinelle 142, Screening Wed. 2:00 - 5:00PM , Barrows 60 /// 

This course will examine the growing subgenre of films and television centered on questions of nonhuman intelligence. Inflecting traditional tropes from more visceral horror and thriller subgenres, films Blade Runner, Arrival, and Her render questions about humanness and otherness with respect to language, calculation, rationality, learning, and circuitry. The ways in which these works grapple with artificial intelligence, computation, and virtuality will be a primary provocation for this course – though questions of biology, embodiment, alienness, and desire will not be far behind.