Seminar: Dystopian Visions of the Americas - Details
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General information

Course number 019 101 0004
Semester SS 2020
Current number of participants 33
maximum number of participants 32
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Wed , 22.04.2020 15:45 - 17:15, Room: (D, 1087)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(D, 1087) Wednesday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


Dystopian fiction projects a dark future for humanity: overpopulation, global nuclear warfare, genetic engineering, climate catastrophes, and/or pandemic diseases. By doing so, many dystopias are
cautionary tales that imagine possible futures on the basis of contemporary preoccupations and in response to utopian ideals and modern critical thought.

This seminar explores the genres of speculative fiction and dystopia and traces their
historical development in the Americas from post-WWI to today. We will first address a number of theoretical concerns and examine the cultural work dystopias perform. Then,
we will study several influential dystopias such as Ray Bradbury´s "Fahrenheit 451" and Margaret Atwood´s "The Handmaid´s Tale". For all, we will look not only at their respective historical background, but also at contemporary adaptations of the texts.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ELW/ALW/NELK: BA/LA Vertiefungsmodul (BA HS)".
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