Post-Production Note

After reflecting on my pre-production note and all the progress I’ve made throughout the course of this class, practice with analyzing works has played a large part in improving my ability to critically analyze fictional texts, films, and contemporary events as they relate to dystopic elements. After clearly defining “dystopia” Continue reading

Deeper Look into The Grey Areas

18 April 2020:             In a previous post titled “The Grey Areas”, I explored the idea of our contemporary moment being classified as a dystopia. This post will be often referenced while discussing the correlation between the film Equilibrium and the way life is as we know it. According to “The Continue reading

Post-Read: Science Fiction Discourse by Black Writers: Reshaping the Genre and Society

1. Dery’s “Black to the Future” is an essay that analyzes the question as to why so few African Americans have pursued science fiction as a genre of literary writing. The essay discusses how science fiction is a pulp genre excluded out of the American literary canon, essentially equating to Continue reading

Is Fascism a dystopian concept?

In the article “Ur Fascism”, Umberto Eco highlights the various aspects pertaining to fascism going into specific detail about how it came into existence and eventually evolved into a more general term over time. Eco argues that unlike other totalitarian governments whether it be Nazism or Stalinism, Fascism particularly that Continue reading

Lights, Camera, Alina

Doing a podcast is something I never did before and is something I never had the urge to do. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of teens, adults and even little kids have blogs and podcasts because that is the norm and the hype for the moment. Some of my close Continue reading

The Key Five

Iris Young was an American theorist and feminist. Young’s focus was on justice and social differences.She specifically focused on the multiple meanings that are associated with the word oppression. Young explains how their is no singular clear definition of oppression. Instead she argues that all oppression is composed of five 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