MA Creative Thesis Defense for Rob Jacobsen
Wednesday, September 12th, 2:00pm in Carleton Hall, Room 304
Title: The Philosopher-King
The Philosopher-King is an anti-utopian novel detailing the collapse of humanity and the rise of an authoritarian city-state called New Schola. The bulk of the novel focuses on the life and philosophy of Porter Davies, a charismatic cult leader and outlaw in New Schola, who attempts to ignite a class war via a series of gruesome murders, not unlike Charles Manson. The Philosopher-King explores the relationship between cults and utopian literature in an effort to destabilize pro-utopian discourses and ultimately undermine the futile belief that any sole ideology is the key to a utopian future.