Notes for 2 November 2015
Teaching Associate: Patrick Mooney
Bldg. 494, room 160B
- On 28 Days Later
- OK: first, talk to me about it as an instance of postapocalyptic narrative. What tropes does it invoke?
- What is/are the revelation(s) that it makes?
- Is it a zombie film?
- What are the common tropes of a zombie film? What do you take to be necessary aspects of this genre?
- What makes 28 Days Later different?
- What makes it similar?
- What makes it different?
- Why might Danny Boyle have wanted to distance himself from the
- clip from Zombi 2
- OK, what about The Evil Dead trilogy?
- What does the
realism angle tell us about the animal-rights activists in the beginning of the film? How are we supposed to take their actions?
- What about Jim's insistence that
there's always a government!?
- What does the
realism angle tell us about Major West's intentions for Hannah and Selena?
- Why does Selena, the early proponent of
realism, suddenly go all weepy on Hannah's behalf when they arrive at the military compound?
- Parallels with Wyndham?
- Jim waking up in the hospital, of course.
- Frequent shots of highway signs; cf. Wyndham, p. 159:
There were signposts which pointed to
Exeter & The West, and other places, as if they still pursued their habitual lives.
- What about the ending? (cf. Wyndham, p. 164:
Just put the Americans in the jam-tomorrow-pie-in-the-sky department awhile, will you.)
- What else?
- My general intent here, of course, is to encourage you to think about strategies for adoption/adaptation/appropriation for your own writing.
- On Catherine Wells's
- What purposes does narrative serve in this story? What directions does it lead? What precedents does it cite?
- What are the forms of government in KanHab? Who's in charge?
- What functions (social, narrative, other) does Artie's Code serve?
- As you begin reading Blindness ...
- Think about the effects on the text of characters without names, and about Saramago's own statements about names in the first seven
- Look at sentence and paragraph structure. What does it accomplish?
- Think about the deployment of proverbs, commonplaces, and other irreducible chunks of text.
- Today's whiteboard snapshots
- Giving credit where credit is due ...