108年第1學期-5088 烏托邦文學 課程資訊

課程分享

選課分析

本課程名額為 10人,已有7人選讀,尚餘名額3人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Two major in class presentations 20 2 x 10 % = 20 % (2nd presentation will be about final paper)
Midterm essay 20
End of semester paper 50
Attendance and participation 10

授課教師

Henk Vynckier

教育目標

Utopian writings use a variety of plots and settings to depict ideal communities in which the inhabitants live in harmony and happiness. This seemingly straightforward idea, that is, that a perfect or near-perfect human condition is possible on earth, has elicited very diverse responses from critics and readers. Oscar Wilde, for example, held that “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing,” whereas Thomas Macaulay sneered “An acre of Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia.” This course surveys the history of utopian and dystopian (anti-utopian) literature from Plato’s The Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels to modern works by William Morris (News from Nowhere), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-four), and Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale). We study the writings in their specific historical contexts and examine the literary, political and philosophical agendas which the utopian genre has served. Due attention is also paid to the connections between utopian writings and other genres such as the philosophical treatise, travel literature, satire, fantasy literature, and dream allegories. A number of important film interpretations of the utopian theme will also be covered, including, for example, Metropolis, Soylent Green, Blade Runner, Gattica, and so forth. Additional text and film selections will be made depending on student interest.

課程概述

Utopian writings use a variety of plots and settings to depict ideal communities in which all inhabitants live in harmony and happiness.

課程資訊

參考書目

In addition to the primary texts listed in the course description, we will also make use of the following secondary sources:

John Carey, ed., The Faber Book of Utopias (Faber, 2000).
Gregory Claeys and Lyman Tower Sargent, eds., The Utopia Reader Paperback (NY UP, 1999).
Gregory Claeys, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge UP; 2010).
Chris Ferns, Narrating Utopia: Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature (Liverpool UP, 1999).
Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Encyclopedia of Utopian Literature (ABC-CLIO Literary Companion, 1995).