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Utopian Planning from Plato's Republic to UFO Cults
ENGL 155
Fall 2016
Section: 01   02  

What does the perfect society look like? What are the barriers to realizing it? For centuries, schemers, dreamers, and radicals have turned to fiction to imagine the answers to these questions. In this course, we'll look at the long history of texts that imagine ideal societies, beginning with Plato's Republic, moving through its Renaissance revivals, and concluding with 19th- and 20th-century texts that turned the language of utopia to address issues of gender, class, and race. We conclude with a section on the realization of utopia, where we read literary works that imagine the barriers and follies that accompany attempts to put these plans into reality and look at examples of groups--cults, convents, communes--that have attempted to create utopian communities. We'll even head to the Shaker village in nearby Enfield to see the remains of a 19th-century utopian experiment.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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