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!Read Kindle ò Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature ⚞ hoursminsCan literature change our real world society At its foundation, utopian and dystopian fiction asks a few seemingly simple questions aimed at doing just that Who are we as a society Who do we want to be Who are we afraid we might become When these questions are framed in the speculative versions of Heaven and Hell on earth, you won t find easy answers, but you will find tremendously insightful and often entertaining perspectivesUtopian and dystopian writing sits at the crossroads of literature and other important academic disciplines such as philosophy, history, psychology, politics, and sociology It serves as a useful tool to discuss our present condition and future prospects to imagine a better tomorrow and warn of dangerous possibilities To examine the future of mankind through detailed and fascinating stories that highlight and exploit our anxieties in adventurous, thought provoking, and engaging ways From Thomas More s foundational text Utopia published into the st century phenomenon of The Hunger Games, dive into stories that seek to find the best and the worst in humanity, with the hope of better understanding ourselves and the world Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature deliversilluminating lectures, led by Pamela Bedore, Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, which plunge you into the history and development of utopian ideas and their dystopian counterparts You ll encounter some of the most powerful and influential texts in this genre as you travel centuries into the past and thousands of years into the future, through worlds that are beautiful, laughable, terrifying, and always thought provoking This is an excellent lecture series for everyone that loves utopias, dystopias or science fiction We start with Utopia by Thomas Moore and end with the YA dystopian craze of the 21st century I was surprised on how much this intersected with lectures, that I have listened to, on science fiction but still, the lecturer presented the works in new ways and gave me a lot to think about Highly recommend if you are a lit history nerd. Haven t been reading a lot recently I m supposed to be working on my dissertation, hah , but my Russel T Davies like procrastinatory block is preventing me from doing littlethan watching The Leftovers on my iPhone and straightening the files in my filing cabinet Oh, and shredding, which I love to do If I m feeling bad my default is to clear clutter I m a gifted declutterer, because I m ambidextrously also a hoarder in my heart, which allows me to understand both sides of the equation Haven t been reading a lot recently I m supposed to be working on my dissertation, hah , but my Russel T Davies like procrastinatory block is preventing me from doing littlethan watching The Leftovers on my iPhone and straightening the files in my filing cabinet Oh, and shredding, which I love to do If I m feeling bad my default is to clear clutter I m a gifted declutterer, because I m ambidextrously also a hoarder in my heart, which allows me to understand both sides of the equation What has that to do with this lecture series Nothing and everything because just like yin needs yang to give it shape so do utopian visions give rise to dystopian visions I m a deep believer of intentional community, but the truth is that these always break down because there are always s few who don t do the right thing In order to safeguard the whole from these inevitable few rules of order must be established And that s when things get fucked up I guess what that means is that rules have to be very carefully chosen and enforced allowing for aopen society to evolve naturally Except then you get a Trump phenomenon, in which case an immature kleptocratic sociopath like him gets elected to what i consider the most sacred office in the land I m still reeling Also I m moderating my language because this is a vindictive boy king and I don t want to end up in a hole like Reality Winner Talk about thought crimes.So, what makes this course great The professor is a clear and excited presenter, and she really loves her subject She covers a lot of ground and a lot of different Western European literature to get to the present perhaps the only disappointment I have with the course is that she never leaves the European canon It would have been interesting to see what she had to say about East Asian dystopias Of the 50 or so books she discusses I ve read all but three, and I can attest these books are for the most part pretty great Can t say muchexcept I learned that utopian and dystopian worlds usually are the same world depending on whose side you are on Professor Bedore begins with Le Guin s story The ones who walk away from Omelas , which I read when I was young I remember thinking then I would be a walker This is how things have changed I m no longer so sure I would walk away I mean, I know how much suffering goes on in the world and I m not doing something every single day to allieviate it, so in essence, I am condoning it Is this age When body aches and pains make youwilling to put up with moral discomfort as well You can read listen to this book without having read the works beforehand, but it really adds a lot to your understanding of the text if you take the time to read them first. I won a free Audible credit from the Audiobook Addicts facebook group I chose The Great Courses title Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature I have enjoyed many of the Great Courses before and the topic really appealed to me Professor Bedore does a fantastic job of presenting the material while keeping it very interesting for the listener The course has twenty four lessons totaling over twelve hours.The course begins with a discussion of what Utopian and Dystopian mean The next les I won a free Audible credit from the Audiobook Addicts facebook group I chose The Great Courses title Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature I have enjoyed many of the Great Courses before and the topic really appealed to me Professor Bedore does a fantastic job of presenting the material while keeping it very interesting for the listener The course has twenty four lessons totaling over twelve hours.The course begins with a discussion of what Utopian and Dystopian mean The next lesson starts the discussion of the first Utopian work by Thomas More There are several lessons covering the other Utopian writers such as Swift and H G Wells The course then moves on to the Dystopias It covers muchthan Orwell s 1984 The breath of the course is really amazing It covers The Hunger Games and the Apocalyptic works of this century The final lesson is on the future of the two genres.The accompanied course guide, in Adobe pdf format, is amazing It is over two hundred and forty pages of information Each lesson has an outline of what is covered and a Suggested Reading section as well as Questions to consider The Bibliography at the end is incredible It is going to populate my to read list for years to come Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature was a very enjoyable and educational audiobook I would recommend it for anyone who reads Utopian or Dystopian genres