Saturday, October 4, 2008

Assignment for Tuesday

Option #1: Making use of details of the text of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, do the following:

a) Assess the impact that technology has upon representation (which you may want to define) in the world of the novel.

b) At least initiate a discussion on whether or not you see a relationship between the impact of technology upon representation in the world of the novel, and the impact of technology upon representation in the real world.

Option #2 (yes, it's like the Lyotard assignment):
Find a difficult passage in Haraway's essay and explain it. By difficult, I mean that it should be one of the more difficult passages in the essay, such that you really don't understand it at all at first. By explain, I mean you should analyze it it in detail to explain the sentence (or phrase, or paragraph) both by itself and in context. You may need to look some things up, maybe in an unabridged dictionary or a dictionary of philosophy; you may need to figure out who some philosopher or literary critic is as a starting point. Finally, once you understand it you should explain (or justify) why it's so hard. Why does she need to make a sentence (or paragraph, or phrase) so difficult?

Option #3: Do your best to define "cyborg" as Haraway understands the term, then use it to analyze Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep; you must, as always, end up with a coherent argument.

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