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ENGL 2341: Dystopian Literature as a Genre

Dystopia is an imaginary or fictional society.

Course Readings

All of these items are available through your class course reserves.  


Below are some additional resources:

Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery" 

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. The film explores the debate surrounding the education reform movement and highlights the opposition from the teachers' unions to charter schools, and the contest between charter and public schools for building space.



Ray Bradbury, "There Will Come Soft Rains" found in the Modern American Poetry website. 

Samuel R. Delaney, "Aye, and Gomorrah..."  

These tales take place twenty-five, fifty, a hundred-fifty years from now, when men and women have been given gills to labor under the sea.

Philip K. Dick, "The Minority Report"  

The classic stories of Philip K. Dick offer an intriguing glimpse into the imagination of one of science fiction's most enduring and respected names.

James Tiptree, Jr., The Girl Who Was Plugged In - found on Kindle for $9.95


George Saunders, "Escape from Spiderhead" pdf available from Philosphy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO)



Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quotiong from Purdue OWL




  • Must reference the original source
  • The text is much shorter than the original text. (For example, one may write a single page to summarize a four-page article.)
  • Must use your own words, usually with a very limited use of quotations.
  • Must reference the original source
  • The text produced may be shorter or longer than the original text
  • Must use your own words
  • Must reference the original source
  • The text produced is the exact length of the original text quoted (unless ellipses are used)
  • Use the original author’s exact words
  • Put quotation marks around the original author’s exact words
  • Include the page number of the original source from which you borrowed the author’s original language.

Citation Styles - English predominately uses MLA

Rhetorical Analysis

How to use RefWorks

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliographies from Purdue OWL

A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.

How to Write a Literature Review

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