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Fall 2017 Undergraduate English Courses

358:205 The Coming Apocalypse

01

MTH3

CAC

18338

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W3

     

MU- 115

02

MTH3

CAC

18472

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W3

     

MU-207

03

MTH3

CAC

18473

MILLER, R. 

AB-2400

 

W2

     

SC-205

04

MTH3

CAC

18474

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W2

     

SC-116

05

MTH3

CAC

18475

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W5

     

MU-207

06

MTH3

CAC

18476

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W4

     

HH-A6

07

MTH3

CAC

18477

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W6

     

SC-205

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MTH3

CAC

18478

MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W5

     

SC-205

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MTH3

CAC 18479 MILLER, R.

AB-2400

 

W7

     

HH-B5

 H1  MTH3  CAC  18480  MILLER, R.  AB-2400
  TH5       SC-206

 

It’s boom time for the End Times. Millennialists state with confidence that the world's final hour is approaching: the signs are everywhere, for those who know how to see them. Scientists warn that our planet is
warming dangerously: in your lifetime, you will see the oceans rise; hurricanes and tornados of unprecedented intensity will become the norm; earthquakes, tsumanis, floods will sweep the earth. For those unmoved by the inevitable consequences of the greenhouse effect, there are other apocalypses from which to choose: a global plague set off either by super viruses or bio-terrorism; a population explosion followed by famine and a primeval struggle for basic resources; a dirty bomb; global economic collapse; colonization by extraterrestrials; the earth's collision with a massive comet; the spread of zombies; a nuclear war; a civil war between Red and Blue states triggered by a presidential tweet storm.

Every ending also heralds a new beginning, though; every apocalypse gives way to a post-apocalypse. In this large format, discussion-driven course, we will spend the semester learning about how narrative works. The curriculum is made up of a range of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels, short stories, movies, and television shows. The goal of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to consider the significance of the human predilection for telling stories about the end of humanity.

This is a reading-intensive course. There are quizzes at the beginning of every class (60% of the grade); there are mandatory weekly discussion sections; there’s a mid-term and end-of-term in-class blue book writing experience (20%). In this course, humanistic work is participatory and engaged (20%, combination of in-lecture participation and discussion section participation). Enroll if you want to work hard and if you’re committed to attending every class.

Students from all schools and disciplines are welcome to sign up for this 4-credit course. The course carries credit toward the major and minor in English. The Coming Apocalypse can be used to meet the SAS Core Curriculum goals in 21st Century Challenges [21C] and Arts and Humanities [AHp].

Novels taught in past versions of this course include: Miller’s Canticle for Leibowitz, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, James’ Children of Men, Eggers’ The Circle, Moore’s Watchmen, and Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows. Films studied in past versions of the course include: Apocalypto, Apocalypse Now!, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Grave of the Fireflies, and Rosemary’s Baby.

Please note: there are two lectures and a break-out discussion group each week. When you register, you will register both for the lectures and for a break-out section.