SLN 11302English 200B: Utopian/Dystopian societies in contemporary fiction Summer (A term)
VLPA and W credit
Professor John O'Neill - firstname.lastname@example.org
M, T, W, Th, 10:50am - 1:00pm
A term, June 22 - July 22
As Fox TV cast a "reality" series titled "Utopia," an article in the Seattle Times chronicled "the current craze for post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories." What accounts for this interest, evident in both popular culture and literature, in alternative communities or societies, whether these are anarchic or authoritarian, reminiscent of the state of nature or suggestive of a surveillance state?
In this class we will read three recent novels, set in the recent past, a recognizable present, or the near future, that experiment with different mixes of utopian, anti-utopian, and dystopian elements. We will...Read more