VAS lecture 3 outline

VAS lecture 3 outline - allows Tomasula to talk about...

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VAS lecture 3 outline 1. Examples of how to read the dialogue between collage pieces on VAS ’s pages, especially in the pages featuring excerpts of advertisements. E.g., the sequence about children, women, and dolls. 2. The barrage of different ads on a page is supposed to remind us of how we are bombarded by ads all around us in our daily lives. 3. Tomasula and Farrell are trying to get us to examine such ads more closely and critically—not just to swallow them like docile consumers. 4. What the Neanderthal episode might mean: a. Square doesn’t like change—especially the idea of having to change his body, whether it’s a vasectomy or some radical sci-fi gene experiments or cyborg implants. b. The Neanderthal subplot also allows Tomasula to debunk the idea that there is some knowable, scientifically objective version of human “progress.” c. He is fully aware, too, of the dangers in stereotyping a country or culture as primitive and backward. d. The difference in physical appearance between Neanderthals and Cro-Mags
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Unformatted text preview: allows Tomasula to talk about social prejudices based on appearance and about the concept of “passing.” e. Square’s encounter with the Australopithecus woman makes the point that there is no origin point at which we can find some purely “natural” human body that is unaffected by culture. Even when Square dissects this woman and probes her womb, which he has described as “the Origin” (169), he brings back a modern anatomy book with him, and is annoyed when this individual doesn’t fit the book’s model. 5. Will the next generation of Flatlanders—like Oval—be more careful, critical readers? 6. VAS ’s own strategies to slow down our reading 7. One of the hardest segments to read: the 25-page sequence of the bases in a gene. 8. The legacy of modernist collage a. Ezra Pound and his Cantos : a “poem including history” b. William Carlos Williams’s Paterson 9. How VAS ’s collage helps to redefine science fiction...
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENG 285 taught by Professor Vanderborg during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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