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Dark Visions:
Dystopian Novels in the Modern World
Margery Marcus

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: In 1516, Sir Thomas More created a perfect world he called "Utopia," coining for the first time a word that would become synonymous with perfect harmony. A dystopian world is the opposite: dreary at best, totalitarian and inhumane at worst. Dystopian visions have fascinated authors for hundreds of years, but it was in the 20th century that the genre blossomed. Are modern dystopian novels nothing more than nightmarish fantasies, or do they contain dire warnings to be heeded? Dr. Margery Marcus answers this question by examining George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Her presentation concludes with an overview of the 21st century dystopian world created by Suzanne Collins in the Hunger Games trilogy. For over thirty years, Dr. Marcus has brought these novels to life in the classroom and at adult literary seminars. Her lecture includes a PowerPoint presentation and a handout of suggested readings.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Margery Marcus retired from Broward County Public Schools after a long and successful teaching career. She has taught English at every grade level from middle school through graduate school, currently focusing on lecturing to adult audiences. Her career has been guided by a deep love of learning and a passion for literature which began when she read the very first page of Charlotte’s Web as a child. Her enthusiasm for sharing great stories told by great writers, motivates her to bring literature to life for her audiences. Dr. Marcus holds a BA in English, and a master's and doctorate in Education.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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