SLAVIC 150 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 World Utopia and Dystopia in Fiction and Film
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Both utopia (describing an imaginary ideal society) and dystopia (describing an imaginary evil society) have captured the imagination of numerous generations of readers. This seminar investigates the history of these exciting genres across national boundaries through critical reading and writing. The teaching of writing is one of the primary goals of the course. We will trace 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 its postmodern parodic renditions. We will explore how English, Russian, American, Czech, German, 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 Capek, and Victor Pelevin. Select Anglo-American, German, and Russian movies will be shown.

Course Requirements:

Basis of student evaluation: midterm and final, papers

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

SLAVIC 150 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0393976122
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
ISBN: 081297462X
We, Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin ; a new translation, with an introduction by Natasha Randall ; foreword by Bruce Sterling., Publisher: Modern Library Modern Lib 2006
ISBN: 0060850523
Brave new world, Author: Aldous Huxley., Publisher: HarperPerennial 1st Harper 2006
ISBN: 0945774109
War with the newts, Author: by Karel Capek ; a new translation from the Czech by Ewald Osers., Publisher: Catbird Press 1st Americ 1990
ISBN: 0811213641
Omon Ra, Author: Victor Pelevin ; translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield., Publisher: New Directions 1998
ISBN: 0451524934
1984 : a novel, Author: by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm., Publisher: Signet Classic [Nachdr.] 1961
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