Utopian and Dystopian Narratives

The course covers the origin and meaning of the work “utopia” in literary context, and how the utopia grows, throughout the centuries into a way of thinking about the possible ideal order of the world. It includes a review the general characteristics of ideal societies created in literary and philosophical works, and examines them through several short extracts. The course mostly focuses on the twentieth century distopian narratives, such as G. Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, as well as dystopian narratives from the second part of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century. In this context, several dystopian films are also discussed.