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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

Winter 2023


Dec 21, 2022 - Feb 3, 2023
Anthoni McElrath
Base Cost: $1,980 ($495/credit)
Term Fee: $75
Start date: Dec 21, 2022
End date: Feb 03, 2023
Last day to add: Dec 29, 2022
Last day to drop: Dec 29, 2022
Last day to withdraw: Jan 18, 2023