Karen Joy Fowler attended Berkeley and U.C. Davis, getting degrees in political science
and North Asian studies.
The title of Fowlers first anthology of short stories, Artificial Things (1986), and the full
title of the second Fowler story were reading, i
A Sepulchre of Songs lecture outline
I. Vocabulary terms: sex versus gender
II. Elaine and Anansa: the exchange between a physically impaired young human
woman and an alien cyborg
III. Reading the text as a story about storytelling
IV. The stories Card al
Adrienne Rich study guide
Rich was born in 1929. Some of the writers who influenced her were Emily Dickinson, Mary
Wollstonecraft, H.D., Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens, Her early poetry books
A Change of World (1951) W.H. Auden c
Lecture outline for Recalling Cinderella
1. Recalling Cinderella as a story of debates over the meaning of key words: the
definition of family, of perfection, and of flaw, for instance. These
definitions are literally a matter of life and death for the ch
Shakespeares character Miranda in The Tempest has grown up secluded on an island. When she
meets men from the outside world, she is awed at the discovery: O brave new world / That has
such people int! (Signet Classic edition 115).
But Fowlers story is les
The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things lecture outline
1. These authors cybernetic memory devices are a symbol for the malleability of
2. Miranda also has a gift for lucid dreaming (when you are conscious of dreaming
and can even direct the
Philip K. Dick: 1928 to 1982
Overview of his stories:
If you were hoping for a more upbeat second installment of cyborg memories, Philip K. Dick,
unfortunately, isnt where you go for upbeat endings. There are occasionally some small, individual
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon lecture outline
1. The symbolism of the setting
2. Whats in a name? The significance of Victor
3. Untangling the plot
4. The computer moves from replaying Victors memories to drawing upon Victors
wish-fulfillment about exploring
American Cyborgs Midterm Prep Sheet-285-000
Part I: Vocabulary terms to know:
the difference between paraphrase and analysis
the difference between an omniscient and a limited narrator
the difference between a round and a flat character
Blade Runner (1982) study guide
1.What the movie keeps from Dicks novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?:
It keeps Dicks sense of a polluted, overcrowded earth thats been devastated by nuclear war.
Acid rains falls continually. Almost all animals are
The Electric Ant lecture outline
1. What happens if you live your life as a humanbut then find out youre really a
2. Why use the termand the titleof Electric Ant?
3. Creating a whole new vocabulary for this new world.
4. The opening: one more sci-
A Cyborg Manifesto lecture outline
1. Haraways politics. How does she draw upon, critique, and revise strands of both socialism
2. Haraways style in this essay:
c. mistrust of dualisms
3. Her initial de
Cyborg Manifesto study guide
cybernetics: the science of communication and control theory; it often focuses on comparing an
automatic control system, such as the nervous system and brain, with that of mechanical-electrical
THEME 28 Physical Characteristics Module 1
In this lesson well build upon some of the concepts we learned in previous lessons.
Well learn how to describe people using physical characteristics.
Well also practice identifying and using pausing techn
Paraphrase versus Analysis
To paraphrase is to retell a passages message or plot in your own words.
Its important to be able to paraphrase in order to figure out what your passage, story, or poem
But a literary paper then goes much further. It reli
Organizing the Literary Essay
1. Introductory paragraph
A. Your background should be as focused as possible. The idea is to introduce your
own thesis argument about a very specific aspect or question in the text. You dont
have to worry about covering the
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was an incredibly prolific Russian-born American science
writer and sci-fi author. He got his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1948 and taught
biochemistry at Boston University, before devoting most of his time to writing. He is
Ralph Ellisons novel Invisible Man, published in full in 1952, describes a young African
American mans education about racism against (and sometimes within) black communities in
both the South and the North. The protagonist never tells us hi
Lecture Outline for Invisible Man
I. Earlier texts that view humans as extensions of factory machines.
II. What Ellison adds in Invisible Man is specifically the symbol of humans caught
up in machines as a metaphor for the systematic machinery of racism.
Amiri Baraka is a well-known poet, playwright, and editor who has reinvented his image and
style many times during his career. Born Everett LeRoy Jones (later LeRoi), he began by writing
in formats that echo the style of Beat and Black Mountain poets. In
An Agony. As Now.
divine part of human
earthly part of human
subject to death
African American cultural identity
How does the speaker, the I voice, try to
A Sepulchre of Songs
Here is Orson Scott Card on how the plot and symbolism of this story gradually changed:
I remember reading a spate of stories about human beings who had been cyborgized
their brains put into machinery so that moving an arm actually mo
Blade Runner lecture outline
Two worlds: earth versus off-world.
Two types of sentient beings: humans versus replicant slaves.
R. Deckard/Ren Descartes: I think, therefore I am.
Descartess puzzle: how to tell the difference between a human (with a soul) a
Blade Runner lecture outline #2
A. Recap: vision and blindness throughout the movie
B. Killing God by Candlelight
1. The symbolism of the props in Tyrells bedroom
2. Clashing biblical narratives: Not an easy thing to meet ones maker versus the
VAS lecture 1 outline
1. VAS and cyborgs: themes
a. technologically enhanced or operated-upon bodies
b. There is no such thing as a purely natural human body. The body is always
overwritten with cultural stereotypes and premises.
c. Changing ideas of beau
VAS lecture 2 outline
A book simultaneously very serious and very playful
Who controls our bodies, and the ways in which we perceive them,
use them, safeguard them, enhance them, and replicate them?
Tomasulas concern with decisions about individu
VAS lecture 3 outline
1. Examples of how to read the dialogue between collage pieces on VASs 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 pag
VAS lecture 4 outline
I. Square and Circles Night at the Opera
A) Not the traditional opera Mother had thought about but a wild mix of genres that
would be almost impossible to perform. (Think, too of cyborg texts as a mix of
B) The Strange Voyag
Where would a cyborg course be without at least one cybertext? Patchwork Girl is an older,
first-generation hypertext, written using Storyspace; its one of the best known examples of the
genre. Shelley Jackson actually demonstrated this tex
Which of these images, taken from Patchwork Girl, best describes your experience of
reading this book?
Assembling these patched words in an electronic space, I feel half-blind, as if the entire
text is within reach, but because of some myopic