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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Brave New World


This course explores a selection of works of dystopian and utopian fiction and may include examples from film, television, and other media, in addition to literature. An important part of this exploration will be to consider the relationship between this imaginative fiction and the real world conditions which may have prompted it. We will also discuss what these texts have to offer us as warnings for our own society or ideas for a better future. In particular, we will analyze power relations and evaluate who benefits and who suffers, who is included and who is excluded from real and imagined social structures. Readings may include works by authors such as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, and Octavia Butler. (Gen. Ed. AL, DG)
Course Details

Fall 2023


Sep 5, 2023 - Dec 8, 2023
Juan Carlos Cabrera Pons
Base Cost: $2,100 ($525/credit)
Term Fee: $75
Start date: Sep 05, 2023
End date: Dec 08, 2023
Last day to add: Sep 11, 2023
Last day to drop: Sep 11, 2023
Last day to withdraw: Oct 31, 2023