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For Thursday (3/4)

Start in on Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife.  It would be great to get to Chapter 15 of the novel – – but getting through the first four or five chapters will be adequate for our purposes. Wikipedia!  I’ve updated our schedule so that dates now correspond to weeks.  We are on “Week 6.”  For Thursday, you should complete the “trainings” on “Evaluating Articles and Sources” and “How to edit.”  Complete the exercise on evaluating a…

For Tuesday (2/2)

A couple of things for Tuesday: Your “Omega Men” essay is due!  Details here. (I’ve offered up my four rules of comma use to guide you through this not-so-tricky-really punctuation mark.) For Tuesday, we’ve also got a short writing event to close out our discussion of Ben Winters’ The Last Policeman. (See below.  The password is: “Winters” – – no quotes, capital “W”.) Looking ahead – – for Thursday: Start in on Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife. …

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For Thursday (2/25)

Let’s finish reading Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman.  We’ll spend Thursday doing three things (or at least trying to do three things): Discussing the “Omega Men” essay. Making sure you’ve signed up for our Wikipedia project.  Bring a list of three potential topics – – related to post-apocalyptic books, stories, movies, comics, etc. – – for your Wikipedia article work. Talking about Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman.  

For Tuesday (2/22)

For Tuesday, February 22: Read up to the end of part two (“Non-negligible Probabilities”) of Ben Winter’s novel – – The Last Policeman. Get ready for our Wikipedia project.  First, think about some post-apocalyptic text that you’re interested in – – something you’ve already read, viewed, played, etc.  Head over to Wikipedia and see if there’s already a wikipedia page on your topic.  If there is, is it any good?  If there isn’t already a…

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For Thursday (2/18)

Don’t forget to watch the 2007 version of I Am Legend. (Password: “Legend” – – capital “L” without quotes.) I’ve created a new google doc rubric to help compare all four versions of IAL that we’ve encountered.  Click here and you should be magically presented with a copy of the rubric after you click the “make a copy” button.  (If not, don’t worry.  But do let me know.” Also, below, find a survey/quiz about I Am…

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For Tuesday (2/16)

For Tuesday, take a look at the most recent movie version of Matheson’s novella – –  I Am Legend (2007) with Will Smith.  As you watch, take some notes – – especially on the most glaring differences you see between the 2007 version and our previous iterations.  We’ll zoom on Thursday morning. To access the movie, you’ll have to enter the password: “Legend” (capital “L” and no quotes).  Problems, issues?  Let me know.

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For Thursday (2/11)

For Thursday, make sure you view The Omega Man — the 1971 version of I Am Legend. (When prompted, enter the password  – – “Omega” – – with a capital “O.”  If you encounter any issues with the video etc., let me know.) Below, you’ll find a writing even to complete for Thursday (2/11).  (The password is “Hanley” – – capital “H” and without quotes.). Try to have this done before class. Questions?  Let me know.  …

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For Tuesday (2/9)

For Tuesday, watch the 1964 film version of Matheson’s I Am Legend.  As you watch the movie, think about differences you note between novella and movie.  Some areas to keep your eyes on: the nature of the apocalypse; the apocalyptic setting; the PA protagonist as character and social type; the PA antagonist(s); the PA social structure/contract.  (Also, don’t forget to look for motifs specific to I Am Legend, i.e. “the car” (Olivia), “the dog” (Fabiola), “the woman”…

For Thursday (2/4)

For Thursday (2/4), let’s talk about as much of “I Am Legend” as we can.  To inform our discussion, let’s do a little pre-class prep.  I’ve created a worksheet to help keep track of some elements/questions about Matheson’s novel and PA narrative more generally.  Click here to find the worksheet. (You’ll need to have a google account to use the google doc. After clicking the link, you’ll be prompted to “Make a copy.”  Click on…

I Am Legend (2/2)

I Am Legend (1954) is considered by many to be a founding text in modern post-apocalyptic narrative, setting up plot, character, and thematic motifs familiar to the explosion of similar post-World War II narratives of apocalypse and survival.  While the novella anticipates these texts, it also draws on earlier narratives and genres – – amongst others, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, pulp stories about monsters and aliens, tales of suburban life, and even the existentialist movement in philosophy…