Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. This is actually a really difficult topic and took some time to think about, unlike the previous ones where I was pretty quickly able to come up with a decent list.
I decided to go with a course of Dystopian Literature, since I’ve actually had this conversation with a professor and some other grad students, in which we started planning a Dystopian Literature course that didn’t come to fruition. There are a lot of books that are considered great dystopian literature that aren’t on this list, not because they don’t deserve to be but because I was trying to pick books that also paired with each other to create topics within a course. There are also a few books on this list that I haven’t actually read, but I feel would need to be read for this type of course (I’m not going to say which, because I’m honestly a little ashamed I haven’t read them).
Syllabus for Dystopia 101:
Y: The Last Man vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn illust. Pia Guerra
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Each has an interesting, and very different look, at woman’s role in society in the future. It would be interesting to compare them with each other, and the rest of the books on this list.
The Hunger Games by Susan Collins
The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
One recent popular novel and one classic, to compare the views and the role of competition in the future dystopian society – as well has how government control is exerted through competition.
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Following the above discussion of government using competition to control society, these novels will help further the discussion on the role of government in the dystopian society.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
On the opposite end of the spectrum, what happens when most of humanity is wiped out, and those who remain struggle to survive with no apparent government?
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Feed may not seem dystopian in nature, but it’s an interesting look at how dependent our lives can become on technology while The Windup Girl is just an interesting look at science in the future in general.