For my final project I am going to continue to edit the paper I am working on about comparing Androids from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? With prostitutes in Victorian England. I am drawing parallels between the post-nuclear fallout society of Dick and the technological world of Victorian England. Although on the surface the two seem to be very different, the societies are very much alike. Victorian prostitution is probably one of the most studied subjects; the juxtaposition of the prude Victorians who covered the piano legs because one doesn't mention body parts in public with the proliferation of sex added to the perceived notion that it was wealthy men and poor women predominately involved has created a large body of work on this era. THESIS: Because of the similarities between the two societies, by looking at Dickisian Americans through the lens of Victorian prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts, one can further understand these foreign Americans, and by understanding, extrapolate as to the motivation behind the desire to kill the androids. This could be improved upon; the argument could use some work. I am thinking of changing this to be explicit in why the Androids are being killed,but I am not sure if this change is necessary; if it were a history paper the answer would be 'yes,' but it has been a while since I have written a paper for a lit class.
The structure of my paper does need improvement. Right now I don't really have connectors; I am using the old history paper standby, headings. I open the paper with an intro and then have the following headings: A Brief Introduction to the Victorians and the Place Prostitution Has in the Society;THE CONTAGIOUS DIESEASES ACTS: What they were;ACTON AND THE VOIGT-KAMPFF TEST;DECKARD AND THE METROPOLITAN POLICE: The Implementations;EMPATHY AND MORALS; and then I have my conclusion. In each of these sections, except intro number 2 and what the CDA were, I am comparing an aspect of the CDA and victorian society with Dick's world.
I am happy with my argument, but I need to add something to what I have already. For this, I have decided to do one of two things. Choice 1 is to talk about "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon," a piece of sensationalist journalism which is most notable for 'exposing' the seedy underbelly of the already seedy underbelly of society, child prostitution, especially the 5 quid virgin. I would relate this to the book of prices and talk about how they both served similar purposes. This would probably be a weaker argument and although I feel as if the Maiden Tribute is an important part of Victorian prostitution, I would then have to connect it to the CDA which would be a tangential connexion at best. my other option is to bring Marcuse into the paper instead of just causally throwing one of his idea in. However, I am not sure exactly what I would do with this or where it would go. I would need to query people as to how this best might work.
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Dick, Phillip K., Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (New York 2007).
Foucault, Michel, Hurley, Robert, Trans, The History of Sexuality: Vol 1, (New York 1978).
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