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Dystopian Literature

ENG 308

Dystopian Literature

  • Course ID:ENG 308
  • Semesters:1
  • Department:English
  • Teachers:Joe Cardenas

Description and Objectives

Dystopian literature has a strong pull on the modern imagination, as evidence by its ubiquity, ranging from the woefully weak (The Hunger Games) to the strikingly strong (Lord of the Flies). In this course students will learn the common settings and themes in dystopian literature, with a special focus on the themes of death and rebirth, destruction and resurrection.

Dystopian Literature Syllabus


  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • A Selection of Short Stories

Course Requirements

  • Reading of class material
  • Completion of all readings and assignments by the given due dates
  • Active class participation
  • Evidence of care in preparation for written assignments

Successful Students

Successful students will be on time, with books and notes in hand, and be prepared to engage the material. They will display attentiveness to detail and foster habits of creative initiative and a collaborative spirit.