Course: Dystopias

Date / Time

  • April 26, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 10, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 24, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 7, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Registration will open to Delancey Society members on December 12, to members on December 19, and to the public on December 26.
  • Tuition for this reading group is $200.
  • Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above receive a 10% discount on tuition. Please call 215-732-1600 x123 or email [email protected] to register at the discount.
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Dystopias: Orwell, Atwood, Le Guin, and Beyond

In this four-week course, participants will explore popular literary dystopias, from 1984 and The Handmaids’ Tale to “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and M.T. Anderson’s Feed.  We’ll look at the language of dystopia, how authors across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries examine dystopian societies, and more.


Syllabus – Dystopias taught by Fran Wilde

About the Instructor

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for two Nebula awards and a Hugo, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” ( Publishing 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She holds an MFA in poetry, an MA in information design and information architecture, and writes for publications including The Washington Post,, Clarkesworld,, and You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at