ONLINE CLASS: Spotlight: Mandel’s Dystopian Fiction (2257)

Two Thursdays: May 12 and 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET Online

$80.00 (10% off for members)

Light Lecture and Discussion-Based:

Lately, it can often feel like we’re actually living in a dystopian novel with an ongoing pandemic, political unrest around the globe, and the ever-present loom of climate change. Speculative fiction (think: The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984) offers a vision into a not-so-pleasant future and explores the idea of paradise lost. Award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel is a master of this form—her prose is elegant but frightening, haunting and beautiful—which makes her books the perfect case studies for this genre.

In this class, we’ll explore two of Mandel’s novels starting with Station Eleven, an eerie novel set during the collapse of civilization moving back and forth in time; this book vividly depicts life before and after a fictional pandemic, which gives readers plenty to relate to. In addition to a discussion of the novel, the class will also compare and contrast the book to the recently released miniseries based on the book.

In the second session, we’ll discuss Mandel’s newest book, Sea of Tranquility. Participants will note shared themes between the two works, but also how each book stands on its own. Character development, structure, and style will be key points of discussion, and we’ll perform a critical evaluation of each book as well as the show. Two Thursdays: May 12 and 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET Online


Required Reading:

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (9780804172448)
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (9780593321447)

Required Viewing:

  • Station Eleven miniseries on HBO Max

Brittany Kerfoot is the former Director of Events at Politics and Prose and currently works in documentary and television production. She holds a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Her writing has been published in The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, Driftwood Press, and Madcap Review, among others. She is at work on her first novel.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: 9787000010314
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Station Eleven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Sea of Tranquility: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022