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
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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 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)
P
23246
Open
12
12Y1
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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