Week One started with a double rainbow (I kid you not) and ended with some sunshine. In between, I talked to a number of students in the class about final research projects. It’s always helpful to hear what other students are working on, so I thought I’d share some of the ideas I heard during my office hours (and if you haven’t signed up for a meeting, please do so by email).
- one student is interested in feminist sf writers’ interest in human cloning (especially the way in which it unhinges reproduction from female bodies). she’s planning to work with Kate Wilhelm’s papers, which is very exciting (to me, at least) because the papers are unprocessed
- another student is going to consider the weird marriage of “science” and “fiction,” exploring how sf authors explore issues of genre
- yet another student is thinking of working on the influence of anarchists like Kropotkin on Le Guin and novels like The Dispossessed
More on these and others in class. I’ll post guidelines for the final project on this blog on Monday.