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…

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For Tuesday (2/2)

For Tuesday, read up to the end of Part 2/Chapter 14 in Richard Matheson’s 1954 novella, I Am Legend.  (I’ve uploaded a .pdf of the novella.  If you prefer a different e-format – – epub/apple books or mobi/kindle, let me know in advance.  I think I might be able to post these alternative file formats as well.) As you read the novella, keep in mind our discussion on Tuesday about apocalypses and the PA genre.  Though…

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For Thursday (1/30)

Take a look at any two of the four different, quick representations of the apocalypse I’ve offered here. What is the apocalyptic danger or threat posed in each of these scenarios? Who is the subject of apocalyptic events? Why do things end in each scenario? How is apocalyptic threat to be managed?  What survival strategies or stories are told or implied in each scenario? Also, note that I’ve added a page with a calendar of…

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Welcome

Welcome to English 465: Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction.  Here we’ll be exploring how we imagine our own extinction.  (These days, it may sometimes feel like there’s not much imagination needed.)   Though a relatively new genre, the Post-Apocalyptic narrative has really boomed over the past several decades in fiction, film, television, video games, poetry, and other genres.  This success points to deeper currents in our culture and society.  And, although we’re going to pay careful attention to…