SOCIETY AND LITERATURE ENGLISH 131-4
INSTRUCTOR: Debra Collins
OFFICE: Bartlett 266
HOURS: M 12:30-1:30; W 12:30-1:30 and by appointment
This course endeavors to explore those intricate cultural, social, political, economic, scientific
and technological structures that comprise Western society.
Throughout the semester, we will
investigate and interrogate the functionality or (dis)functionality of societal structures.
addition, we will question the individual’s role and autonomy and personal responsibility to
influence, dissent or passivity in the perpetuation of society’s fundamental powers, rules, beliefs
and ethics as it exists within the grand scheme of technology, scientific and bureaucratic
Our study of dystopian literary genre as well as theoretical readings and film
screening will serve as tools for analysis.
Through the span of the semester, we will read
selections from a diverse collection of authors whose cultural and social perspectives derive from
broad range of experiences.
The course reading list includes authors who write from
American, British, French and Russian literary traditions.
We will study works of
Frantz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson, Gore Vidal, Ursula Le Guin and
COURSE FORMAT AND PARTICIPATION
The course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 am to 12:05 pm
Hammond Dining Commons Southwest.
English 131-4 is technically a lecture; however, the
course is to be conducted as a lecture, discussion and seminar.
This hybrid format allows for
feedback and input, debate and lively discussion.
Participation in class
discussions is a portion of your overall grade.
From week to week, I will post reminders,
announcements or any periodic syllabus changes to the English 131-4 class page on WebCT