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American Utopias

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, Patrick Vincent
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This course is about utopian literature in America, focusing on three classics of the genre, Samuel Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland (1915), and Ernest Callenbach's Ecotopia from 1975. What has been the role of the utopian imagination in American culture? What are some of the particularities of this genre and why has it become so rare at present? These are some of the questions we will explore this semester.


Evaluation: Students will either submit a final essay OR complete two written assignments during the semester which consist of answering several short-essay questions. The student may choose which mode of evaluation she/he prefers. In addition to this written component, every student must sign up for one discussion topic and prepare questions and lead a small-group discussion on a given day.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Students must have taken at least one explication de text course and completed it before spring 2015.

Informations supplémentaires


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