"Hard times are coming, when we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We'll need writers who can remember freedom." We may read these sentences from Ursula Le Guin, uttered shortly before her death in January 2018, as the motto of her life as one of America's leading SciFi writers, as well as her legacy informing future writers of their responsibility as cultural workers. The daughter of a famous anthropologist, Le Guin chose the genre of SciFi/Fantasy to explore the possibilities and potentials of human self-organization, as well as humans' ability to cope with environmental challenges. Though set on distant planets and in fantastic worlds, Le Guin's stories speak to and about her own – and our – global present. The Dispossessed (1974) is thus not only a novel about two antagonistic planets (one anarchistically organized, the other authoritarian) but it also reflects the radical political ideas of the 1970s and the Cold War world that gave rise to them. We will read the novel alongside further fictional and nonfictional texts by Le Guin as well as selected critical essays on her novel.
Students will have to purchase a Reader (Copy&Paste), as well as the following text:
- Ursula Le Guin (1974/1994) The Dispossessed. Harper Voyager. ISBN-10: 0061054887
Please sign up via Stud.IP. All students have to participate in a QUIZ (Lektürekontrolle) in the first session. Please read the first 100 pages of The Dispossessed and bring along the text to the first session. If you pass the quiz you're enrolled in the class regardless of Stud.IP registration.