Mon 6/17 – read both articles:
“Utopia and Science Fiction” by Raymond Williams
“Locus, Horizon, and Orientation: The Concept of Possible Worlds as a Key to Utopian
Studies” by Darko Suvin
6/18 – read all three short stories:
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut
“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin
“Repent Harlequin!” by Harlan Ellison
requirement: Choose a concept or definition from one of Monday’s (6/17) readings. Quote it, cite it, and put it in your own words. Then, explain how it applies to a specific aspect of one of Tuesday’s (6/18) readings. Finally, evaluate the specific aspect of the story you chose by drawing a parallel between it and a real-world situation. In other words, how do the utopian or dystopian qualities you discussed apply to a historical event or to our everyday experience? (I post few chapters here and you can choose the one you like )
citation requirement: I noted some consistent issues with MLA format, so for next time, here are some small things to keep in mind (I didn’t take off points for formatting this time, but I will in the future):
1) For titles of long works, such as novels, films, or TV shows, the title should appear in italics. For titles of short works, such as short stories, articles, or individual episodes, the title should appear within quotation marks. So for instance, you might write something like this: In the episode of The Twilight Zone called “The Obsolete Man,” one theme that is represented is….
2) For a parenthetical citation in MLA format, include the author’s last name and the page number on which the quote can be found with no punctuation in between. So, if you’re quoting from M. Keith Booker’s article, the citation will look something like this: (Booker 7). Note also that the period comes after the parenthetical citation.
When quoting time-based media, such as a film or TV show, the in-text citation is supposed to include the timestamp of when the quote is said. So that might look something like this: (00:15:47 – 00:15:-52). I recognize that this is really annoying, but please do your best with it.
3) For discussion board posts, you don’t have to include the more formal aspects of MLA format, like a heading and a works cited. You’ll need those for response papers, midterms, and finals, but for DB posts, the in-text citation will suffice.