Week Thirteen

Literary Speculation


Novel choice: Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. Post a response on your blog.

Alternate Reading: There are a number of short stories on the course resource page that can be read for this week's assignment.

In-Class Reading: We will be reading two stories by Italo Calvino in class this week, All at One Point and The Aquatic Uncle.

Writing Assignment: This week we are attempting to distinguish between writing in genre and writing that may use elements of genre but that is essentially literary. Discuss this question in relation to the work(s) you read for this week. Do you think this is an important or necessary distinction, or not? Is your experience of the text affected by these questions? Remember to add a comment to another student's blog.

Featured Movie: Existenz (1999) dir. David Cronenberg

Reading from the Intersection
of Literature and Science Fiction

You can choose alternate reading from the list below or read them all to become an honorary graduate student of contemporary literature.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Foop! by Chris Genoa
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
He, She and It by Marge Piercy
Little, Big by John Crowley

The Other City by Michal Ajvaz
The Canopus in Argos Archives by Doris Lessing