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Spring 2018 Undergraduate English Courses: Theories and Methods

359:312 Issues and Problems in Literary Theory: Utopia

01  TTH5  CAC  19036  DIENST  MU-204

Utopia has a bad reputation these days—it seems as if some people would actually prefer to live in a dystopian world than to imagine what a better one would be. This course will provide an opportunity to engage in Utopian speculation. We will read some classic Utopian texts, from Thomas More to William Morris, along with some proposals for a different society from Charles Fourier and Fredric Jameson, and some more recent fiction from Ursula Le Guin and Evie Shockley. We will also spend some time looking at past Utopian experiments in New Jersey. Along the way, we will try to conduct the course itself in a Utopian manner. There will be reading, writing, talking, and exploring of various kinds.