Course Description


ENGL 225D Dystopian Literature (3)

Crum, J.

CRN 58                    Limit 32
M-Th (& Fri., 1/6)   9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.       CH-119

This course traces U.S. Dystopian fiction and popular culture with emphasis on utopia/dystopia, class, gender, sexuality, race & ethnicity. The course will look at the development of dystopian cultural production in the early-to-mid 20th Century, and turn to recent trends in literature, film, digital storytelling, graphic novels, & video games. Readings will include works such as Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Wild Shore, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, and Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. A significant portion of the course will look analytically at the political, social, and economic climate that allows for the popularity of recent pop culture titles such as The Hunger Games, Bioshock: Infinite, The Last of Us, & Fallout 4.

ENGL 304W Advanced Composition (3)

Smith, L.

CRN 5                     Limit 20
M-Th (& Fri., 1/6)    1 – 4:15 p.m.       CH-119

A workshop course in the writing of expository, descriptive, and critical prose. This course is designed to fulfill the upper-division written literacy requirement for non-English majors; it will fulfill an upper-division elective for English majors.

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