English R1A

Reading and Composition: Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2007 Peter Goodwin
MWF 12-1 101 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

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, The Watchmen

Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Janet Gardner, Writing About Literature"


"War, environmental disaster, moral decadence, pervasive governmental intrusion into private life�we�ve learned to live with all of it; but a rich history of dystopian and apocalyptic literature continues to play a crucial role in awakening us to the horrors of these regrettably commonplace 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 aim of this course is to develop students� expertise in writing persuasively, clearly, and precisely about literature. Students will learn how to construct strong sentences and paragraphs, develop thesis statements, and organize textual evidence and analysis, and make forceful interpretive arguments. "

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