Assignments for Dec. 9

Welcome to our final class! I’ve really enjoyed reading all these morbid novels with you during this strange fall season.

Required reading for discussion in our final class: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr and “Making Gay Meanings” by Eve Sedgwick (handouts).

Please come prepared to discuss!

As previously discussed, your final papers are due by 9 a.m. on Dec. 16. All the criteria for your final papers are here.

You can review class presentations here.

Please review these prior to Dec. 9 to see if you have any questions. I will also be available during finals week to meet with anyone who has questions (by appointment).


Assignments for Dec. 2

Read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Individual presentations by: Marisa, Vanessa, Kelsey

Please also read this interview with Emily St. John Mandel


Assignments for Nov. 18 and beyond

Prepare for second and final reading quiz in class. The quiz will cover:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

The Circle by Dave Eggers

as well as our supplementary readings.

Following the quiz, we will watch and discuss the film adaptation of Children of Men.

Assignments for Nov. 11

Read The Circle by Dave Eggers

Read this NYT article about Facebook’s role in the transgender movement

Presenters: Jen H., Rachel O

In-class: Review for Reading Quiz No. 2:

Coming up: On Nov. 18, there will be the second (and last) reading quiz for the semester. This quiz will cover:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

The Circle by Dave Eggers

as well as (potentially) any supplementary materials read, watched and discussed as part of the required reading.

Please remember, if you are absent, a doctor’s note or other documentation will be required to make up the quiz.

There is no required reading for Nov. 18; we will watch the film version of Children of Men for the remainder of the class following the quiz

Presentations—A Note

In class on Oct. 28, I passed out a sign-up sheet for final presentations on this semester’s books. Please see me if you have not signed up for your presentation. Please review criteria here and remember this is a significant part of your grade this semester.

Nov. 4, 1984 by George Orwell: Jessica M, Hawie, Jessica C

Nov. 11: The Circle by Dave Eggers: Jen H, Rachel

Dec. 2, Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel: Vanessa, Kelsey, Marisa

Nov. 4 Class Assignments

Read 1984 by George Orwell

Presenters: Jessica Morrow, Hawie, Jessia Collins

Required Additional Assignments:

Listen to the song “1984” by David Bowie:



Look at this website, Students for an Orwellian Society

Look at the Orwell Prize website


Read one of these essays about the over-use and mis-use of the term Orwellian:

Guardian Article

Atlantic Article


Listen to more Orwell-inspired songs by David Bowie.

Check out the Orwell website

Assignments for October 28

huxleyRead Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Presenters: Chelsea, Chris

You have no required additional reading. With Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984, we will be dipping back into books considered formative to the reading we have already done. Please spend a bit of time thinking about the ways in which Huxley’s novel may have influenced the novels we have already read, thematically and in content.

Optional Supplementary Material:

Margaret Atwood writes on Brave New World

Paris Review “Art of Fiction” interview with Aldous Huxley