Penn Arts & Sciences Logo

Dystopian Literature and Film

ENGL 005.401
crosslisted as: CIMS 005
instructor(s):
TR 9-10:30am
fulfills requirements:
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

This course will offer a guided introduction to the one of the most resilient genres of the human imagination: dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Like a group of survivors huddled around a campfire, we will turn to literature and cinema to debate some of the big questions about the future of science, technology, religion, and capitalism. This course is designed as a Critical Speaking Seminar, and the majority of class assignments will be devoted to oral presentations: including a mid-semester debate and a final assignment that takes the form of a video essay or podcast episode. By the end of course, students will have a firm grasp of the history of the genre and will be able to draw on this knowledge to effectively debate issues related to privacy, big business, animal rights, climate change, migration etc.