Topics in Literature: Imaginary Futures

Course Number: ENGL 165IF
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2016
Instructor: Donnelly, Brian
Day(s): TR
Time: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Location: GIRV 1115
Description:

This course examines the literary history of fictitious futures, or to use Frederic Jameson’s phrase, we will mine “the archaeology of the future,” to determine the central concerns of authors and film-makers who imagine, in particular, dystopian visions of the world to come. Beginning with fiction from the end of the Victorian period, we will read several novels, short stories, and consider some films, that provide glimpses of a variety of futures, and consider how they approach respectively the disintegration of the political, social, and natural world.