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English: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

ENGS 113 OL1 (CRN: 61550)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: ENGS 281 OL1

About ENGS 113 OL1

Topics focus on the theoretical problems of various kinds of writing. Representative topics: Narrative; Gothic; Sentimentality. May repeat for credit with different content. Topics vary by offering; periodic offering at intervals that may exceed four years. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; minimum Sophomore standing.



Dates: May 23 - June 17, 2022 Synchronous online; Cross listed with ENGS 281 OL1; Total cap across 3 xlists: 40

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Section Description

Why is the post-apocalyptic story so popular? We will read a range of postapocalyptic texts that depict catastrophes that dramatically change the world. One of the course’s major questions will be, why do we continually create narratives that imagine the end of the world? Does this genre have a history? What sorts of social and political issues does the apocalyptic novel attempt to confront or explain? What do the kinds of ends we imagine—climate disaster, pandemic, nuclear war—tell us about ourselves? Readings will include _The Road_, _Oryx and Crake_, _The Dog Stars_, Station Eleven_.




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