Analyzing Science Fiction Text
Finding and incorporating textual evidence.
-When reading SF (Science Fiction) text, it’s a good idea to take your time and really examine what is presented to you.
-Annotation on the text helps mark down what really stands out to you in the text.
Write Notes on:
- Parts of the text that confuses you (For class discussion and to solve what the material means)
- Ideas that come to you from reading the text.
- Unfamiliar Vocabulary : This is always a great thing to take note of, as we expand our literary repertoire.
- Some main elements to consider when analyzing SF literature:
- Conflicts: Some may be more minor than others in a story, but finding some sort of conflict is a good place to start.
- Values: What values are promoted in the society (or societies)? What is discouraged?
- Themes: What are the messages you’re getting from the reading?
-When you make a claim about an element in a story, textual evidence complements your claim.
- Professor’s Advice: Try to make a claim in the form of a question. That way, you can find evidence to which you can support the claim you end up at. (Did I get that right? Correct me if I’m wrong)
- With your analysis of the text, what questions can you derive from what you’ve read?
- Once you’ve identified your questions, evidence is need. Some examples of textual evidence are:
- Character Quotes or Dialogue
- Events in the story
- Character Actions
- After you’ve gathered enough evidence, you can conclude a claim to which you have the literary foundation to support it with.
persiflage: Synonym for witty banter.
subjunctivity: The relationship to reality to what is depicted in fiction work.
subjective: Particular to a person; varying perspective.
objective: Something known to be absolute.
reverberated: The continuing effect of sound.
atavism: The emergence of genetic traits that have appeared in past generations.
acquiescence: Accepting something without protest.