US-American literary theorist Fredric Jameson locates contemporary utopian thinking and writing in a paradoxical historical situation “in which political institutions seem both unchangeable and infinitely modifiable: no agency has appeared on the horizon that offers the slightest chance or hope of modifying the status quo, and yet in the mind—and perhaps for that very reason—all kinds of institutional variations and re-combinations seem thinkable” (Jameson, “Politics of Utopia”). Within this framework of an apparently static and ‘unchangeable’ political, economic and social reality that presents itself as one without alternatives, both utopian and dystopian narratives abound. In our seminar we would like to explore the poetics and politics of a ion of utopian and dystopian narratives from contemporary Britain and India and figure out what kinds of futures these texts envisage and how they, in doing so, relate to the present.



Our texts include: Manjula Padmanabhan, Harvest
Vandana Singh, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Will Self, The Book of Dave

Please buy and read:
Manjula Padmanabhan, Harvest
Vandana Singh, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Will Self, The Book of Dave

More material will be made available on moodle by the beginning of the semester.

3 CPs for regular and active attendance, a presentation of max. 15 minutes and a response paper at the end of the semester.

Hinweis:
THIS COURSE WILL BE CO-TAUGHT WITH DR. SATISH PODUVAL (EFLU HYDERABAD/INDIA)