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EL45OE: FICTIONAL FUTURES: APOCALYPSE & UTOPIA IN MODERN FICTION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

What does the future hold for modern civilization? The future has no history, but writers of modern fiction have long exercised the privilege of speculating and reflecting on what we might have to hope or fear in the coming centuries. From the Communist utopia of William Morris, through the speculations of H. G. Wells and Aldous Huxley, to the environmental catastrophes of postwar science fiction, this course explores how British writers (1870-1960) have responded to the ferment of new social, political and scientific ideas emerging from the age of empire, industry and global commerce. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators

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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • English (EL)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL40OE Fictional Futures: Apocalypse and Utopia in Modern Fiction (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The late nineteenth century was a turbulent period which saw the headlong acceleration of the Industrial Revolution and the expansion of the British Empire; it also saw sweeping social changes, the rise of rival empires, and the birth of new social and political movements from feminism to Communism. What did the future hold for Britain, for Western civilization, and for the human race as a whole? In this period, writers of fiction vied with each other in playing on their readers’ hopes and fears, presenting exotic and radically divergent visions of the future in fictional form, ranging from nightmares of totalitarianism, racial degeneration or mass extinction to distant prospects of a socialist paradise or a drug-induced utopia. This course focuses on the fictional futures produced in Britain between 1870 and c. 1960, exploring the interplay between imaginative fantasy and the real-life concerns of the writers and readers. 


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 34, 38

More Information about Week Numbers


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Summative Assessments

3000-word essay (80%)
SAM (20%), half of which is assessed via a written Course Journal

 

Resit (for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21):  

Essay - 100%

Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students):

Essay - 100%

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment: students who wish may submit up to 1000 words for informal feedback, at the same time as the original primary-source comparison was due to be submitted, but this will not be required.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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