Doll to Cyborg

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Doll to Cyborg

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    6 credit points in ENGL 200 level

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Throughout the history of children's literature and, more recently, children's film, toys and other inanimate or not human objects and beings have been depicted as taking on a life of their own ? a life which sometimes reflects, interrogates, or carnivalises human experience of the world. This unit examines the various uses made in literature and film of manufactured and surrogate human and non-human characters, ranging from dolls and stuffed toys to robots, cyborgs, and vampires. Such narratives are often intensely introspective in their themes, concerned for example with questions related to the nature of being in the world and in relation to others, subjectivity and selfhood, the possibility of agency, what it means to be alive, and, perhaps most centrally, what it means to be human, or conversely not human. Other narratives of this kind are also often apt to be concerned with broader social issues related to gender, sexuality, class, war, and technology, as well as fundamental questions relating to human power and responsibility.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.