FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (TOP)

CLST 089S

Utopia and Dystopia: Ancient and Modern Visions: In this course we analyze and interpret classic examples of utopian literature from ancient Greece, and then consider the reception and reappropriation of ancient models in the modern Western world. Starting with Plato, we examine how utopian ideals often ambiguously hold out the promise of human fulfillment but can lead to dystopian oppressive government surveillance, collective misery, and human tragedy. Modern scholarship on utopian theory and classic texts by Nietzsche, Aristotle, Karl Popper, and others help inform our critique of The Hunger Games, 1984, and other novels and films.

Day / Time: 

MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Location: 

Social Sciences 107

Instructor: 

Young, Carl

Section: 

02