English 498 Special Topics: Utopias and
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Course DescriptionThomas More literally wrote the book on utopia in 1516, and in 1868 John Stuart Mill coined ‘dystopia’ as the antithesis of More's beautiful nowhere-land. These authors together represent just two of the many contributions of literature, the arts, political science, and philosophy to our current range of possibilities about what might make the world an ideal place, or an utterly horrible one. How have ideas of the good life changed? Where might it be found, or how created? Is a straight, non-satiric utopian vision still possible? Why are some works, like Gulliver's fourth voyage, classified as both utopian and dystopian? This course will explore some dimensions of utopian and dystopian thinking, including treatments of the topic in art, film, and new online media --the last a notable example of a portal to either a utopian or dystopian future, depending on whom you ask!
At the end of the course students
should be able
for each required graded category are figured via a percentage of a
scale in which an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on the Shorter Paper would net you 9 x .15 or .1.35 points. I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade. For example, an 8.2 final score = B for the class.
Participation includes your grades on periodic quizzes, and coming to class prepared, having done the readings and being able to talk and write about them intelligently.
You must complete all the required work to pass the class. I will grade plus/minus.
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And yes, I have
caught people in the past.
Papers received ONE class session late will be
but docked a full grade.
No late papers accepted after one class session late.
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Print Texts --available now in the NCSU bookstore. Online only texts in bold.
1. Plato. Republic. Ed. and trans. C. D. C. Reeve. Hackett, 2000.
How to Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online (Morillo)
Suggested Works for Final Research Papers:
Book of Revelations
Dante Alligheri. Divine Comedy (1315?)
Marx, Karl. Communist Manifesto
Butler, Samuel. Erewhon (1872)
Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backwards 2000-1887 (1888)
Morris, William. News from Nowhere (1890)\
Wells, H. G. A Modern Utopia (1905)
Lang, Fritz. Metropolis (1927 film)
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World (1932)
Hilton, James. Lost Horizon (1933 novel)
Capra, Frank, dir. Lost Horizon (1937 film)
Orwell, George. 1984 (1949 novel)
Burgess, Anthony, dir. A Clockwork Orange (1962 film)
Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring (1962 non-fiction)
Kubrick, Stanley. A Clockwork Orange (1971 film)
Miller, George. Mad Max (1979 film)
Gibson, William. Neuromancer (1984 novel)
Gilliam, Terry, dir. Brazil (1985 film)
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale (1986 novel)
Wachowski, Andy, dir. The Matrix (1999 film)
Jones, Garret. Ourtopia (2004)
McTeigue, James, dir. V for Vendetta (2006 film)
Stoppard, Tom. Coast of Utopia (3-play trilogy 2002 [Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage] utopian thinking in 19th-c Russia)
Guggenheim An Inconvenient
Truth (2006 documentary film)
Hilcoat, John, dir. The Road (2009 film)
Deus Ex, role-playing computer game
|M. Aug 20
||Introduction: Yourtopia Picturing Utopias & Dystopias|
|W. Aug 22
(380 BCE )1-5
|M. Aug 27
Plato Republic 6-10
|W. Aug 29
| More Utopia (fiction 1516)
Does Utopia represent a positive ideal? Is Hythloday to be believed?
|M. Sep 3
|| LABOR DAY
|W. Sep 5
|M. Sep 10
Cavendish New Blazing World (1666) Part I
Is Blazing World utopian fiction ? What is its genre? Is this a female utopia?
|W. Sep 12
Part II cont
|M. Sep 17
Scott prefers Swift's Struldbrugs chapter to his 4th voyage's story of Gulliver among the Houyhnmhnms, because he claims that the story of the immortal Struldbrugs has a moral. Do you agre? What's the moral? Do you think Swift's immortals represent something besides people who live forever? Scott claims that the 4th voyage should not be classed with Plato and More. Do you agree?
||Scott A Description of Millenium Hall (novel
read through p. 123 Why does this utopian novel dwell so much on personal history? Which of the House Rules on p. 121 is most interesting?
|M. Sep 24
read through p. 171
|W. Sep 26
|M. Oct 1
||Byron Darkness (1816)
Romantic Chronology: Europe
: Dunciad 4 (1743)
|W. Oct 3
||Paper 1 Due|
|M. Oct 8
Walden (1854) read chaps. Economy -- Reading (1-3) Should Walden be classified as a utopian work? Is it distinctly or identifiably American?
|W. Oct 10
|M. Oct 15
Walden video game: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/apr/26/walden-woods-game-world-thoreau
|W. Oct 17
Gilman, Herland (novel 1915) What has changed about a female utopia since Scott?
read Chaps 1-6 (p.72)
|M. Oct 22
|| Gilman cont.
finish the novel Chaps. 7-12 (p.146) Gilman's Forerunner Magazine Vol. 6 1915
|W. Oct 24
Lant, Kathleen Margaret. "The Rape of the Text: Charlotte Gilman's Violation of Herland." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 9.2 (1990): 291-308. (journal article)
Read Lant's essay and compare the interpretation to your own. Is Lant persuasive? Accurate? Illuminating? About the novel? About untopias?
How to Find this and other articles in a Database: MLA International Bibliography (login with unity info to NCSU server)
search = term one herland TI (title); search term two = herland TX (all text)
choose entry #31, click on FIND TEXT AT NCSU
choose JSTOR ARTS and SCIENCES 3
|M. Oct 29
||Skinner Walden II (fiction 1948) Read through p. 100|
|W. Oct 31
Skinner Walden II
What are some of Frazier's fundamental beliefs? Are those inside Walden II more free or less free than those outside of it?
|M. Nov 5
Skinner cont. continued
Skinner on Freedom & Responsibility
|W. Nov 7
Some Emblem Books (via Kelsey's idea) Emblems click on table of contents to see emblem list
Source for Matt's antebellum utopia Lost Confederados
|M. Nov 12
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road (2007) please get a paperback copy or read it in pdf here:
Is there anything hopeful in this dystopian story?
|W. Nov 14
||CSA: The Confederate States of America (2004) we will watch this film in class. It's 89 mins. long so please try to come 5 minutes early and we will go 5 minutes over (1:25-2:35)
|M. Nov 19
||Discuss CSA (2006)
Research Paper Proposals Due
|W. Nov 21
||THANKSGIVING Break no class|
|M. Nov 26
you have up to 10 minutes to discuss/present your research in progress
|W. Nov 28
you have up to 10 minutes to discuss/present your research in progress
|F Dec. 7
||FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE Tompkins 270, in folder on door by NOON|
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