English R1B

Reading and Composition: Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
17 Spring 2011 Goodwin, Peter
Goodwin, Peter
TTh 3:30-5 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Karel Capek, War with the Newts; Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Cormac McCarthy, The Road; course reader


War, environmental disaster, moral decadence, governmental corruption—we’ve learned to live with it.  But a rich history of dystopian and apocalyptic literature helps awaken us to the horrors of these regrettably familiar aspects of life in the twenty-first century. This course will provide a brief tour through this blasted literary landscape. Due to budget constraints, radiation suits will not be provided.

The primary goal of this course is to teach you how to conduct and present research in a clear and compelling way. With this in mind, the readings are designed to guide you in your own research about the social functions of apocalyptic and dystopian thought. We will devote a considerable amount of class time to learning about the basic tools and techniques for writing a college research paper. Your final project will be a literary research paper on a topic of your own design.

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