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For Tuesday (4/27) and Thursday (2/29)

Let’s talk about Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning on Thursday.  I think this is a really interesting novel to read as we near the end of the semester because it poses big questions about the very idea of the  “post-apocalyptic” and because of the ways it revises the particular tropes and patterns of the “post-apocalyptic” narrative.  Roanhorse’s novel also plunges us into some very current questions about identity, culture, and representation.

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For Tuesday (4/20) and Thursday (4/22)

For this Tuesday and Thursday, let’s: finish our discussion of Jeff VanderMeer’s The Strange Bird.  I’m excited to hear what you have to say about a couple of things in particular – – the foxes and the ending of the novella.  I’m also interested to hear how you think VanderMeer’s novella “fits” or doesn’t “fit” with our emerging sense of the post-apocalyptic genre. read about half of Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning – – up to about…

For Tuesday (4/13) and Thursday (4/15)

For this week, let’s do the following: read Jeff VanderMeer’s The Strange Bird (at least up to the section titled “The Observatory” – – around page 73 in the paper version).  We’ll talk about VanderMeer’s strange but beautiful novella on our Thursday zoom session. finish up your peer reviews in our Wikipedia project (before class on Thursday).  If your article has been peer-reviewed twice, revise your draft in light of this feedback.  Once you’ve finished this…

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For Tuesday (4/6) and Thursday (4/8)

For Tuesday and Thursday this week, read Sam Sisavath’s The Purge of Babylon. This book was published originally as an ebook only, part of a wave of self-published fiction on the Amazon platform.  It belongs to a wild and crazy world of Post-Apocalyptic pulp – – almost all self-published and promoted through blogs, discussion boards, book club sites, etc., by non-professional writers. It’s well worth dipping into this pulp world to get a sense of the…

For Thursday (4/1)

Welcome back!  On Thursday, we’ll talk about Ling Ma’s novel, Severance.  To prime the pump, I’ve set up a writing event – – see below. (Password is: Severance) By Thursday, you must have a draft of your Wikipedia article in your sandbox.  If you already have a draft, check your Wikiedu dashboard.  I’ve assigned you a peer review of two other articles.  Not sure how to peer review?  Review this module on the dashboard. I’ve graded your…

For Tuesday (3/30)

First, enjoy your spring recess!  I hope you get a chance to rest, relax, reset, and refresh. By your “return” to class on Tuesday, March 30, you’ll want to have completed the following: read all of Ling Ma’s weird and brilliant novel, Severance have a good first draft of your Wikipedia article – – see week 7 on our Wikiedu dashboard (You want to have a good draft in your sandbox when we return so…

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For Thursday (3/18)

For Thursday, let’s do the following: Finish talking about Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife. Make sure you’re up to speed with the Wikipedia project.  By now, you should have: finalized your article topic (and assigned yourself the article on our dashboard); found (and practiced citing) five good sources for your article; found a good model article (on a topic similar to yours, i.e. another novel, short story, movie, etc., and rated A class or “Good” or…

For Thursday (3/11)

On Thursday, we’ll talk about The Water Knife.  You should have read up to or beyond Chapter 36. We’ll also do a Wikipedia check-in.  Here’s where you should be in our project: you’ve evaluated a Wikipedia article;  you’ve proposed three candidate articles or topics for your own work; you’ve practiced editing and citation.  If you haven’t evaluated an article or proposed candidate articles/topics – – I haven’t given you any feedback. For Thursday, here’s what you’ll…