Today, we talked about Darko Suvin’s essay on “the Poetics of the Science Fiction Genre.” We worked through his major arguments and his classification scheme for SF and other genres commonly associated with SF (fantasy, fairy tale, myth). We highlighted the context for Suvin’s argument, the political upside to grouping utopia/dystopia with sci fi, and the difference between the analogic and extrapolative models of SF.
We also talked about Lyman Tower Sargent’s article”The Three Faces of Utopianism Revisited” and the ways in which it is conversation with Suvin’s article. We focused on the three “faces” that he discusses (literary utopia, intentional communities and utopian social theory) and the investment in revisiting these concepts given a prevailing opinion that utopia is increasingly possible in our contemporary world. In particular, we looked at his criticism of using the word “perfect” when defining utopia and the ways in which that particular word in the definition undermines the overall utopian project.
- Annotated Bibliographies are due tonight by 11:55pm to TSquare – please be sure to submit them as a Word doc or a PDF and include your last name in the file name.
- Read WOEVENText 10, 11, and 12 on Oral Presentations for Monday
- Start outlining, drafting, writing your research paper. You will want to aim to have a draft of your paper complete by next week; the conference presentation can be a very valuable exercise in helping you to distill and clarify your arguments, but you need to know what those arguments are before you can clarify them.
As a quick reminder, I made some changes to next week’s schedule on the syllabus (see previous blog post) in order to add a visit to the Communications Center on Friday, March 3. Please keep these deadlines in mind as you are working in the next few days and don’t forget that Friday’s class will be held in CULC 447.
Today we started off with a discussion about the two societies present in The 100, “the ground” and “the ark.” You worked in teams to build an argument either for or against the idea that each of these societies function as a dystopia within the narrative. By engaging in an active back-and-forth debate over these two societies, we talked through some of the overarching themes of the show and examined the ways in which anarchy can be the cause of dystopian societies.
We will discuss the Darko Suvin article that you read for class today on Friday along with the Sargent article (see below).
- Continue working on your research project – Annotated Bibliography due to TSquare by 11:55pm on Friday
- Read Sargent’s “3 Faces of Utopia Revisited” (Available on TSquare – Resources – Week 7)