Halfway There! (Midterm Check-In)

In the past few classes, we have started to discuss our annotated readings in class. I appreciate this approach because it helps me synthesize different sources of information and apply them to different articles I’ve read, movies I’ve watched or real-life events I’ve seen on the news. I also think Continue reading

Need Improvements?

Start: Watching dystopian movies in class  Discussing how our current reality mimics traits of a dystopian society Stop: Group assignments  Weekly blog posts Continue: Podcast assignment  Defining Dystopia As the semester slowly comes to an end there is always room for improvement. There is also room for appreciation. This class Continue reading

Ur-Fascism in 1984

Ur-Fascism by Umberto Eco is an article about Eco’s personal experience with Italian fascism along with a synopsis of how it compares to German fascism and the general connotation of fascism. He talks about how his heroes considered of war heroes and how there was no peace without war. In Continue reading

Interested in taking this class?

Most of the upper-level XCOR classes (3010s & 3020s) are cross-listed with one or more discipline-specific classes. While that’s not a bad thing, this class has been designed to be free of any specific disciplinary connection. This isn’t a class about dystopian literature (although we will be reading some dystopian novels), nor is it a class about dystopian cinema (although we will be watching some dystopian movies). Instead, this is a class about the very idea of dystopias. Continue reading