TLC Common Intellectual Experience: How can we find inspiration in Dystopian literature?

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TLC Common Intellectual Experience: How can we find inspiration in Dystopian literature?

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TLC Common Intellectual Experience: How can we find inspiration in Dystopian literature?

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

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Hahn University Center, Forums AB

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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Mini-Seminar Title: How can we find inspiration in Dystopian literature?

Instructor: Dr. Jason Crum

Mini-Seminar Description: Often seen as the worst of all possible worlds, dystopias offer a way of viewing the present from a place of ideological estrangement. In this talk, I’ll look at dystopian cultural production in the mid-to-late 20th Century, and turn to recent 21st Century trends in literature, film, graphic novels, and video games. We’ll come to see that these cultural texts are inextricably bound to their respective political, social, and economic climates. I’ll speak to a wide variety of productions that illustrate how dystopian texts (broadly conceived) can inspire social change. Most notably we’ll look at Octavia Butler’s Parable series, Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, films such as Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer, and video game productions such as Bioshock: Infinite, The Last of Us, The Division, & the Fallout series. At the conclusion of the talk, participants will be asked to reflect on what current social issues inspire them to effect change.

Dr. Jason Crum teaches ENGL 358: Contemporary Ethnic Dystopia.

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