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UTOPIAN IMAGINATION
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - Utrecht University - 'Utrecht Univ.'
UC Course SubjectEnglish
Comparative Literature
Number & Suffix: 104
Full UC Title: UTOPIAN IMAGINATION 
Transcript Title: UTOPIAN IMAGINATION 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course studies utopian and speculative literature as narrative tools to imagine the future. Students learn that these utopian texts reflect a historical setting and mind set. The course studies the function and meaning of utopian texts at two turning points in history: the age of colonialism and the scientific revolution (sixteenth through eighteenth century) and the social-economic tensions and changes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Central in these two periods is the focus on the interplay between the European and non-European visions on possible futures. In the early modern period, utopian writers and thinkers have to adapt to a broader geographical (The New World) and philosophical (a New World view) perspective. They have to deal with their role as colonizers (cultural superiority vs. cultural relativism) and scientists (positivism vs. skepticism). In the second period, utopian writing itself is becoming a global endeavor, and often takes the shape of a literary dialogue between former colonizing and colonized countries. In both periods the role of utopia’s and dystopia’s in social and political constellations is addressed. Students consider: how literature intervenes in conflicts and debates on science, religion, and politics; how utopian optimism or irony can develop into pessimism and (dystopian) skepticism. Required reading includes UTOPIA by Thomas More. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: UTOPIAN IMAGINATION 
Partner University Department: Languages, Literature, and Communication 
Partner University Course Number: LI3V17103