ENGL 242 A: Reading Prose Fiction

Dystopian Fiction

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 8:30am - 9:20am
MGH 271
Elizabeth Brown

Syllabus Description:

Dystopian Fiction

From the success of The Hunger Games franchise to the recent adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale for television, dystopian fiction has received renewed attention in the 21st century. In this course, we will consider the genre of dystopian fiction by reading canonical dystopian novels. In what ways does dystopian fiction imagine uninhabitable worlds? How does it refract “real world” concerns about the time in which it was produced? How might it provide tools for thinking and imagining our own contemporary moment? To think about these questions, we’ll read a short selection of critical essays alongside dystopian fiction produced across the 20th and 21st centuries. This fiction might include works by W.E.B. Du Bois, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, and/or selections from popular dystopian works. Assignments will consist of a mix of reflective writing and short papers. No experience taking English courses at the college level is necessary to enroll for this class. You will receive a “W” credit if you complete course assignments.

Catalog Description: 
Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:20pm