Dystopian Literature and Social Critique | Newberry

Dystopian Literature and Social Critique

Monday, January 29, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm  

The Newberry

Dr. Carter Hanson, Valparaiso University
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Ever since Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games (2008), dystopian literature—literature that imagines societies worse than our own—has been particularly popular with young adult readers. But other than enticing students to read, does dystopian literature have a particular use value? This seminar will explore dystopian literature within the broader spectrum of the concepts of utopia and utopianism that open up a conceptual space for thinking about social alternatives. We will discuss the emergence of the dystopian genre in the twentieth century and the structural elements of dystopian narratives. We will focus on dystopian literature as a response to certain historical trends and its work as a critical, often satirical, warning of where society could be headed if those trends continue. We will also discuss the recent prevalence of the teen “dystopian romance” and its problematic status as a mode of social critique.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.