Planning, Part II
PLEASE POST AGAIN BY 5 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, SO I'LL HAVE TIME TO SORT/THINK THROUGH OUR VARIOUS PROPOSALS...
since in class on Thursday we'll need to construct a shared syllabus that allows us to go on exploring the emergence of genre in ways that will continue to interest us all. I'm seeing below postings from froggies315 and dglasser that list multiple, multiple possibilities--for which yeah!...
...and want also to nudge us all to shape such lists into ordered, organized forms that recognize that there are 11 of us to be satisfied in this process. So, for example....
If we paired two weeks of "memoirs" (two different memoirs, in two different formats--a text, a film?) with two weeks of "speculative fiction" (two different examples of the genre--a play, an audio recording?), might we begin to see the blurredness of the boundaries separating "fact" and "fiction," "memory" and "imagination," "documentation" and "speculation"? Are those the primary questions that interest us now? If so, do we want to build a "bridge" between these two categories by reading some theory that looks @ such questions? (I'm thinking here of Patricia Hampl's essay, "Memory and Imagination." I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory. New York: Norton, 1999. 21-37--or any number of other texts we read in Facing the Facts: An Exploration of Non-fictional Prose).
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (a documentary history; this story has also been told as a BBC documentary, an episode of Law and Order, and in a song--as well as multiple newspaper articles).
Kindred (a historical fiction, w/ time travel--so both reality-based and science-fiction-y; also picks up the themes of institutionalized racism that appear in Henrietta Lacks' story)
"Bloodchild" (a short story by the same author, totally sci-fi and very creepy!)
another scifi text, perhaps that we could listen to as an audiobook...?
a scifi movie to end....?