A Dose of the Dystopian: Exploring Extremes Through Fiction (Online)

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Taught by Joe Pfister

Joe Pfister is a writer, teacher, and Tecmo Super Bowl enthusiast living in Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared in such publications as PANK, Juked, and New World Writing. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as fiction editor for The Boiler Journal.

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When today’s news reads more and more like an episode of Black Mirror, where does the line between reality and fiction blur—and where do we turn for escape?
Join us for an immersive journey into the realms of dystopian fiction as crafted by visionary authors such as Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, and N. K. Jemisin. Through a combination of close textual analysis, lively discussion, and critical inquiry, attendees will gain fresh perspectives on the complex intersections between speculative fiction and contemporary society. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer to the genre, this class promises to challenge assumptions, spark curiosity, and inspire deeper reflection on the world we inhabit.

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