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).
No texts will be assigned, but certain background materials will be posted on bCourses.

Instructor Bio

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.