Class Notes for 2/7/17

Good morning everybody, feel free to add anything I might have missed or make corrections…

Announcements-Class Notes should be posted by night of class, write the homework/announcements/readings. Also definitions, discussions and links and citations. Also ask for help if you need it like for example if note taker missed a word or definition they can ask students to help fill it out if they know. Also when doing blogs they are due before the night of class and they should be categorized. Class notes are essential for future works and discussions we will be having in class and also each students must be the note taker atleast once or twice throughout the whole semester.

Homework- Class discussion of “The Machine Stop” and everyone has to print out the readings and annotate them.

Also it is important to have readings printed out and annotated because it was said that the readings are gonna get more difficult as well and if you can’t handle it than you have to discuss it with the professor.

We started out with recapping what we did last class which was we were talking about major types of science fiction or genres. Science fiction does not only have to be about the future, it could happen in another place or time.

“Progress” was where we ended off last class which was 2/2/17. We discussed that machines or technological developments is important in terms of progress. We viewed an image called “The History of Science Fiction” and you can find this image on one of the readings we did earlier which is “Defining Science Fiction”, which you can find on the course schedule. The image contains various things like different genres, philosophers and it is comprised of mix of different people and histories.

Science fiction does not have a specific definition. It can be a societal or cultural change. It is also said that it is the literature of the human species experienceing  change.

Also we were talking about alternative facts. Alternative facts are discussions of fake news. It has been happeining for a while on various topics like questions about the election or the war on the media.

Ursala K. LeGuin was a very famous science fiction writer and she lives in Portland, Oregan. She is atleast 80 or more years old and she claims that science fiction is about imagining possibilities and also it is not based on alternative facts.

Progress can be anything that can be seen as better.

Things we can agree that society as a views as progress as a whole- Defeat of a disease, creation of technology like for example getting Wi-Fi on the subways, human life being increased, more jobs for people, better and affordable housing, clean water, equality among people and efficiency like getting rid of train traffic

Qualities of a good job- enjoying your job by not dreading what you do, getting payed alot of money and having high positions

We did a short activity where we closed our eyes and imagined things like the blackboard or chairs then we were told to imagine things like happiness, love, respect or justice and everybody probably imagined a different versions of those things in terms of what they view them as.

Our responsibilities as readers is to understand what is happening in texts and understand what societies values in those texts.

Elements of fiction- Characters: can mean anything that has some effect in the texts, can be animals, peoples or things. Has protaganists and antaganists as well.

Setting-environment, when and where the texts takes place. One aspect in terms of settings in science fiction would be estrangement, which means to make unfamiliar./ Plot- action of story, what actually happens. Theme- message of story. Conflict: when there is a clash which causes drama in story. There are external and internal conflicts. External conflict is outside of you like for example someone vs. nature and internal conflict is internal struggles like for example men/women vs self.

Symbolism- A representation that stands for something and it does not have to be an object.

Simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as” and Metaphor is a comparison but not using “like” or “as”.

Figurative Language- Imagery, Points of VIews or Narration

Vocabulary- 1. Omniscient: all knowing/ 2. Omnipotent: all  powerful/ 3. Punitive: relating to punishment/ 4. Intertexuality: Happens between texts where sometimes texts would refer to other texts like for example science fiction texts would refer to inventions from other science fiction texts./ 5. Allusion: literary reference that is in literary texts more than science fiction texts./6. Euphemism: a word or phrase that is meant to sound good like for example that person passed away./ 7. Commerce: income./ 8. Unequibly: without a doubt./9. Heteronormative: denoting to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or prefered sexual orientation.


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