SLAVIC 151 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 World Utopia and Dystopia in Fiction and Film
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Both utopia (describing an imaginary ideal society) and dystopia (describing an imaginary evil society) have captured the imagination of numerous generations of readers. This course investigates the history of these exciting genres across national boundaries through critical writing and reading. It traces the evolution of the genres from the works of antiquity and the Renaissance, through the nineteenth century and the development of Socialist rationalist utopia, to the great age of dystopia, and up to postmodern parodic novels. It explores how English, Russian, American, Czech, Polish, and other utopias/dystopias respond to key socio-political developments in the world, and how they react to various cultural movements (e.g., Romanticism, the Avant-Garde, Postmodernism), as well as how they take on various aspects of fantasy and science fiction. Authors will include Thomas More, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Evgeny Zamyatin, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Karel Čapek, Stanisław Lem, Thomas Pynchon, and Vladimir Voinovich. Select Anglo-American, German, and Russian movies will be shown.

SLAVIC 151 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Accu-Copy (518 E. William St., 769-8338
ISBN: 9780945774105
War with the newts, Author: C?apek, Karel, 1890-1938., Publisher: Catbird Press 1990
ISBN: 9780811213646
Omon Ra, Author: Victor Pelevin ; translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield., Publisher: New Directions 1998
ISBN: 9780140185850
We, Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin. Transl. by Bernard Guilbert Guerney. Introd. by Michael Glenny., Publisher: Penguin Books 1987
ISBN: 0881030368
1984 : a novel, Author: by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm., Publisher: Signet Classics 1949
ISBN: 9780393976120
Notes from underground : an authoritative translation, backgrounds and sources, responses, criticism, Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated and edited by Michael R. Katz., Publisher: Norton 2nd ed. 2001
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