English 84, Section 2
Utopian and Dystopian Films (2 units, P/NP)
Professor George Starr
Tuesday 5:00-6:30 and 7:00-8:30, 300 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 44462
Among the Utopian and (mostly) Dystopian films likely to be included in the syllabus and discussed in class are the following: Fritz Lang, Metropolis (1927); Leni Riefenstahl, The Triumph of the Will (1934); Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times (1936); George Lucas, THX -1138 (1970); Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange (1971); Michael Radford, Nineteen Eighty Four (1984); Terry Gilliam, Brazil (1985); Volker Schlondorff, The Handmaid’s Tale (1990); Andrew Niccol, Gattaca (1997); Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men (2006); Mark Romanek, Never Let Me Go (2010); and Alex Garland, Ex Machina (2015).Most of G. A. Starr's research and teaching has been on eighteenth-century English literature, but in recent years he has also offered courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century California writers, and on Utopian texts and social movements. Instructor Bio
No texts will be assigned, but certain background materials will be posted on bCourses.