Course Number 0626-3141-01
Course Name Apocalypse and Dystopia in American Culture
Academic Unit The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities -
Lecturer Dr. Spencer MorrisonContact
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Office HoursBy appointment
Mode of Instruction Seminar
Credit Hours 4
Semester 2020/1
Day Mon
Hours 10:00-12:00
Semester 2020/1
Day Thu
Hours 10:00-12:00
Fully online course Course is taught in English
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Visions of the world?s collapse and the government?s deformation abound in recent American culture. What is at stake in imagining the end of the world? How do such imaginings open or foreclose possibilities for revolutionary change? Is it possible to imagine the world as having already ended? This course explores twentieth-century and contemporary U.S. representations of apocalypse and dystopia, examining their aesthetic and political facets. We will range across fiction, poetry, and film, pairing primary works with short theoretical readings. Course texts will include: Nathaniel West?s The Day of the Locust; T.S. Eliot?s The Waste Land; Octavia Butler?s Parable of the Sower; Louise Erdrich?s Future Home of the Living God; James Cameron?s Terminator 2; and Colson Whitehead?s Zone One.

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PrerequisiteIntro to Americ (06261500) +Narrative Analysis (06261208) +Writing Proseminar (06262064) ORPro-Seminar (16622064)

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