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35253ENG 2810 01ST:End of Wrld-Apclptc LitAurora - Main Campus4.0005/06/13 05/25/13 DUNH 022 LEC MTWTH 09:00AM 01:00PMDonovan Gwinner Description: It's the End of the World (as We Know It)! Apocalyptic and Dystopian Literature and Film: Why is it that we enjoy narratives portraying the end of the world or a society that is the opposite of "ideal"? Such speculative accounts have been around for thousands of years in religious traditions, for instance (compare "Revelation"), and fictional versions have been immensely popular for many years. What do we as readers and viewers "get" out of visions of "the end"? Or, what is appealing about a fearful, threatening world? In particular, what does it say about our cultural moment that so many people take pleasure in a series such as The Hunger Games? This course will focus on a handful of such works of literature as well as some film versions of apocalyptic and dystopian ?worlds? to answer such questions as I posed above. Along with The Hunger Games, readings will likely include Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon. Prerequisites: ENG2010 or consent of instructor.
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April 15, 2013