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What is Dystopian Literature?
Merriam Webster defines dystopia as an "imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives" (www.m-w.com). Dystopian Literature often deals with people living in societies that are under extreme government control or the converse: anarchy.
In Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Literature, the characters act within a world that has been destroyed by an apocalyptic event. This event can be in the distant past (e.g., The Hunger Games) or recent as in The Road or I Am Legend and has altered the environment drastically. Typically, the post-apocalyptic sub-genre of dystopian literature is so closely aligned with the more traditional dystopian world that they are often juxtaposed.
Dystopian and Utopian Literature featuring Cormac McCarthy's The Road
How do a father and son survive in a world that no longer exists?
How does one avoid becoming evil when evil is all that is left?
Where do you find hope when all hope is lost?
The Road Reading Schedule
Part One: pages 1-69 complete before class on Thurs 1/16
Part Two: pages 70-144 complete before 1/23 Midterm
Part Three: pages 145-221 before class on Thurs 1/30
Part Four: pages 222- end before class on Thurs 2/6
Dialectical Journal Entries: 1 per Section (see Section Listing below)
Eliot - "The Wasteland"
Macleish- "The End of the World"
Dickinson- ""Safe in their alabaster chambers"
Frost- "Acquianted with the Night"
Jarrell- "The State"
Auden- "September 1, 1939"
Walter Van Tiburg Clark- "The Portable Phonograph"
Benet- "By the Waters of Babylon"
Huxley- Brave New World
Atwood- Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid's Tale
The Road Media Resources
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