Utopia + Dystopia = Ustopia

I really want to teach a unit on American dystopian fiction. I think it would be really engaging for the students, and hopefully it would also be very motivating and enlightening. I keep thinking of an interview with Margaret Atwood where she notes that her "dystopian" fictions should really be called "ustopian" because there are a latent germs of one in the other. Which of course says a lot about her ideas on purity, purification, and the attendant violences of such ideals. 

In any event, if I get to teach such a unit these are the titles that popped into my head.

  1. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale and MaddAddam Trilogy. I know these aren't written by an American author, but they both take place in America so I'm going to accept that as meeting my criteria primarily because I think they are that great.
  2. Cormac McCarthy, The Road.
  3. Don DeLillo, Americana.
  4. Jack London, The Iron Heel.
  5. Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here.
  6. William Gibson, Neuromancer. 
  7. Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower and Talents. 
  8. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. 
  9. Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
  10. Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl.