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April 2024 Spotlight   Hybrid
Mixed Lecture/Discussion • Low intensity
One of the most relevant novels you could read right now was written almost two centuries ago. Mary Shelley’s The Last Man asks what it means to be human while living in unprecedented times. This 1826 classic of apocalyptic science fiction considers the implications of a global pandemic, a rapidly changing environment, and the failures of political and social institutions. Part imaginative autobiography, part science fictional warning, and part ecocritical thought experiment, The Last Man forces us to examine our assumptions about our present and future.

In this module we will consider Mary Shelley’s novel in the context of her life, times, and intellectual history. We will also explore the afterlife of The Last Man in critical discussions of the ominously similar challenges we face in the 21st century. In the process, we will discuss the novel’s lasting meanings and contributions as pioneering work of speculative fiction.

Required Texts

The Last Man by Mary Shelley (any version). There is a free ebook version available through Project Gutenberg and a free audiobook version available through Librivox.
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This class will be Hybrid (half lecture & half discussion):

• LECTURES (recorded live) on the Tuesday sessions
• DISCUSSIONS live (not recorded) on the Friday sessions

Days and Times

Meeting on Tuesdays & Fridays at 8:00 PM Eastern for four 1-hour lectures (Tuesdays) and four 1-hour discussion groups (Fridays) on April 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26

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