Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.
The Hunger Games has re-popularized the dystopian literature genre. Defined as fiction where characters struggle in an oppressive society that is the opposite of a utopia—or perfect—place, it is often written to make a commentary on the inequality of our current systems. In this class, we will read short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, E.M. Forster, and Harlan Ellison and also discuss dystopian classics Brave New World and 1984 as well as contemporary works such as The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and The Giver. Through readings, discussions, movie clips, and fun activities, we will learn the specific techniques of the craft that will have us dreaming up dystopian worlds as we write our very own short stories.