Comparative Cultural Studies

CCS3795Dark Futures: Visions of Dystopia since World War I (O) (Cross-Listed: MAAC 3795)3 ch (3C) (EL)
Offers an exploration of dystopian literature and film from a broad cross-section of cultures over the past 100 years or so.  Based on an examination of texts by authors such as Karel Capek, Evgeny Zamiatin, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Sandra Newman and films such as Stalker, Late August in the Hotel Ozone, and Battle Royale, students will consider how dystopias reflect, respond to, and anticipate totalitarianism, environmental degradation, dehumanization, and other social, political, cultural, and technological challenges facing humanity. Students who have taken WLCS 3795 may not attain credit for CCS 3795.