English 165

Special Topics: The Ecology of Utopia

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Fall 2018 Goldstein, Amanda Jo
TTh 2-3:30 174 Barrows Special Topics


Since long before Thomas More coined the catching term “Utopia” – meaning “no place” or “not-place” – to name his fiction of a perfect island commonwealth, the literature of non-existent worlds has been calling every aspect of actually existing societies into question. This course seeks to investigate the rival ways of thinking about “nature” – human and otherwise – that support utopian visions of political community and to explore the longstanding link between utopian fiction and ecological perspectives on this earth.

The course will usually be run as a seminar. Readings will allow us to explore utopian literature's intersections with science fiction, pastoral, satire and the literature of exploration, and are likely to include: Theocritus, Virgil, Thomas More, Gerrard Winstanley, Margaret Cavendish, Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Henri David Thoreau, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, Aldous Huxley, Rachel Carson, Margaret Atwood, Ernest Callenbach, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler.


Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: Global Tudors Honig, Elizabeth
165/2 Special Topics: 21st-Century U. S. Poetry O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
165/3 Special Topics: John Milton's Last Poems Picciotto, Joanna M
165/4 Special Topics: The Art of Writing: The Visible Made Verbal Kleege, Georgina
165/5 Special Topics: Note: See English 165 section 6 Danner, Mark
165/6 Special Topics: Nabokov and Naipaul Hass, Robert L.
Danner, Mark
165/7 Special Topics: The Materialist Epic Goldsmith, Steven
165/8 Special Topics: American Humor Starr, George A.
165/9 Special Topics: The 1890s Puckett, Kent
Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: Oscar Wilde and the Nineteenth Century Lavery, Grace
165/2 Special Topics: The English Department Marno, David
165/3 Special Topics: Literature and Media Theory Langan, Celeste
165/5 Special Topics: Reading Walden With Care Breitwieser, Mitchell
165/6 Special Topics: Hardly Strictly Lyric Poems Hanson, Kristin
165/7 Special Topics: Utopian and (mostly) Dystopian Movies Starr, George A.
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: H.P. Lovecraft in His Tradition Breitwieser, Mitchell
165/2 Special Topics: Handel's Art in Setting English Words to Music Hanson, Kristin
165/3 Special Topics: Is It Useless To Revolt? Goldsmith, Steven
165/4 Special Topics: Neo-Slave Narratives JanMohamed, Abdul R.
165/5 Special Topics: Incarcerations: The Literature of (Physical, Mental, Spiritual) Imprisonment Padilla, Genaro M.
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: Genres of Free Speech Lavery, Grace
165/2 Special Topics: Art of Writing Hejinian, Lyn
Benjamin, Daniel
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
165/1 Special Topics: The Graphic Memoir Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
165/2 Special Topics: Incarcerations: The Literatures of Physical Confinement and Spiritual Liberation Padilla, Genaro M.

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