Senior Capstone in English
MWF 9:30–10:50 a.m.
UTOPIAN AND DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE
This course's content grows out of More's Utopia, through various texts dealing with the over-promoted promise of the so-called New World during the so-called Age of Discovery, then into some nineteenth-century novels treating American millenarianism, followed by the British Fabians and Neo-Pagans of the early twentieth. Anti-totalitarian texts from the late twentieth century follow. The course ends by treating "cli-fi"--speculative fiction addressed at the social and personal upheaval caused by the coming changes in climate. Some of this last genre (novels by Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, and Jeanette Winterson, for example) rises to the level of literary fiction.