Utopian and Political Literature
(Utópikus és politikai irodalom) in spring 2015
, Fri 09:00–10:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: TANM-ANG-109
; weak prereq: (TANM-ANG-109)
description & set texts
The course concentrates on both theoretical and literary issues concerning utopian and political literature. We shall look at how literature and political thought interacts, how ideologies and narratives may form each other. When a literary work takes place in the future the readers often regard it as a prediction, in case of dystopia as a ‘warning’. It will be demonstrated that this use of dystopia (or utopia) is often misleading. A more fruitful analysis can be achieved if we look at utopia and dystopia as a criticism of the author’s own time. We shall also discuss how much political literature may remain literature and how it may be analysed in a political context. List of readings (not final, modifications are possible, depending also on students' interests): Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, New Atlantis; Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels; H. G. Wells, The Time Machine; George Orwell, Animal Farm; 'Politics and the English Language'; Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange; David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas; Tibor Fischer; 'The Hungarian Tiger'
requirements & assessment
Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions, make a short presentation during the course and write an in-class paperby the end of the term. Oral presentations are not compulsory, but welcome — benefits may be gained by volunteering for a presentation.
The course partially overlaps with CK9.191 (Traditional utopia and modern dystopia), do not take both courses.