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1 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 Email: 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. In 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 structures. 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 a 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 Camus, Frantz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson, Gore Vidal, Ursula Le Guin and Margaret Atwood. COURSE FORMAT AND PARTICIPATION The course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 am to 12:05 pm in 200 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 active in-class 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
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course ENGLISH 131 taught by Professor Peggyo'brien during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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