Science Fiction: Dystopian Fiction

Course Number: ENGL 192
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 192
Quarter: Spring 2019
Instructor: Donnelly, Brian
Day(s): TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD


This class 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. Texts may include: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hunger Games, Station Eleven, Black Mirror, Ex Machina.