ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Section: 002 Ends of the World: Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Contemporary American Fiction
Term: FA 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The question that this course’s texts will think about is none other than what happens when the world ends. This seminar will delve (without fear) into a diverse selection of contemporary narratives of apocalypse, dystopia, and doomsday scenarios. We'll use these texts to address questions like:

  • How do narratives of apocalypse and post-apocalypse help us better understand our present cultural moment?
  • Are we in some ways culturally obsessed with end-of-the-world anxieties? And if so, why? Have we become more interested in these topics recently?
  • How do these stories engage or criticize traditional concepts of good and evil? Are apocalyptic texts inherently “moral”?
  • To what extent (if any) do stories of fear and destruction perhaps paradoxically offer readers hope?

Texts will likely include novels and short stories by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Colson Whitehead, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Orson Scott Card, and others.

Course Requirements:

Students should expect to participate in avid, daily conversation, write 2-3 analytical papers, craft a creative in-class presentation, and complete a final written exam.

ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20457
Open
13
13LSA Hnrs Y1
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
22585
Open
4
6Enrollment Management
4Y1
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
P
22586
Open
10
6Enrollment Management
10Y1
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
004 (SEM)
P
27263
Closed
0
6Enrollment Management
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
30266
Open
6
4Y1
2Enrollment Management
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 038533348X
Cat's cradle, Author: Kurt Vonnegut., Publisher: Dial Press Dial Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780307387899
READS-TO-GO [bookclub kit for the road]., Author: Cormac McCarthy., Publisher: NHLA READS-TO-GO 1st Vintag 2007
Required
ISBN: 0307950476
The dog stars : a novel, Author: Peter Heller., Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries 1st Vintag 2013
Required
ISBN: 9780385490818
The handmaid's tale, Author: Margaret Atwood., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1998
Required
ISBN: 9780812982947
The age of miracles : a novel, Author: Karen Thompson Walker., Publisher: Random House 1st ed. 2013
Required
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