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Tales of Hope or States of Delusion? Utopias, Past and Present
CCIV 324
Spring 2021 not offered

Utopias are imaginary places that promise freedom, happiness, and justice. In this course, we will look at different visions of utopian living: What kinds of longing and impulses do different utopias fulfill? What kind of social critique do they imply? How can they offer freedom and happiness, while built on strict programs of biological, psychological, and social engineering? What makes for the distinction between utopia and dystopia?

We will start with ancient Greek poetry, drama, and philosophy--Homer, tragedy, Aristophanic comedy, and Plato--to trace the beginnings of utopian thinking, its promises and failures. In the last part of the semester, we will look at how these early seeds of utopia are recast and developed in later and contemporary literature, theory, and shows, including Thomas More's "Utopia," and Emily St. John Mandel "Station Eleven"; selections from T. Adorno, E. Bloch, J. Rawls, R. Nozick, and F. Jameson; and episodes from Black Mirror.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CLAS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CLST-History, P)

Last Updated on NOV-27-2022
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