Daniel W. Koon
Office: Bewkes 221
Email: dkoon AT stlawu.edu
Office Hours: M-F, 11:00-12:00
Mentor: Colin S. Loomis
Email: csloom08 AT stlawu.edu
Office Hours: Mon, 7-9:30, Tuesday, 2:30-5:00, or by appointment, Josephine Young Reading Room, ODY.
|Research project||35%||consisting of...|
|Bibliography & annotated bibliography||10%|
|Notecards & functional outline||10%|
|Oral Presentation #1||15%||consisting of...|
|Oral Presentation #2||20%||consisting of...|
|Quizzes, exams, classroom participation||15%|
|Personal writing mechanics journal||5%|
Metropolis (Germany: 1927)
Aelita (USSR: 1924)
Pulgasari (N. Korea: 1985)
Ghost in the shell (Japan:1995)
Gojira (Japan: 1954)
Princess Mononoke (Japan: 1997)
2009: Lost memories (S. Korea: 2002)
Natural city (S. Korea: 2003)
Wonderful days (S. Korea: 2003)
Vampiros en la Habana (Cuba: 1985)
Open your eyes (Abre los ojos) (Spain: 1997)
Patalghar(The underground chamber) (India: 2003)
Koi... mil gaya (I found someone) (India: 2003)
War with the newts Čapek (Czechoslavakia: 1936)
Metropolis, von Harbou (Germany: 1927)
Kallocain, Boye (Sweden: 1940)
Perry Rhodan #1 (Enterprise Stardust), Scheer & Ernsting (Germany: 1961)
Empire of the ants, Werbe (France: 1991)
Troll: a love story, Sinisalo (Finland: 2000)
Solaris, Lem (Poland:1961)
Roadside Picnic, A.&B. Strugatsky (USSR: 1972)
We, Zamyatin (USSR: 1921)
Planet for rent, Yoss (Cuba: 2001)
Interface dreams, Hernandez (Cuba/Spain: 2010)
Usurper of the Sun, Nojiri (Japan: 2002)
Akira, Otomo (Japan: 1982)
Japan sinks, Komatsu (Japan:1973)
In the mothers' land, Vonarburg (Canada: 1992)
Perry Rhodan is a uniquely German phenomenon.
Metropolis and R.U.R. are quite reflective of the industrial Central Europe between the World Wars.
Kallocain is a very Swedish 1984/BraveNewWorld/We.
We is a very Soviet 1984/Brave New World/Kallocain.
Hard to be a God can be correctly interpreted as specifically critical of the Soviet socialist ideology.
Planet for Rent could not have been written anywhere but Cuba, is/isn't critical of the fruits of the Cuban Revolution.
In the Mothers' Land is a French Canadian Handmaid's Tale.
The most alien of melieux in Troll: the Finnish social scene, the gay male scene, the cryptozoology, the made-up citations?
War with the newts: the newts symbolize robotic industrialization? German expansionism?
Akira and Gojira: Is Napier correct?
Solaris is a mainstream Western postmodern novel.
Lem is correct/incorrect in his criticisms of Western Science Fiction literature.
Usurper of the Sun: owes more to Solaris or Asimov/Bradbury/Clarke/Heinlein.
Empire of the ants (Werbe) owes nothing to Empire of the ants (Wells). Or maybe it does.
Russian SF literature since the fall of the Soviet Union reflects a profoundly changed Russian society. Or not.
|M Jan 18||Introduction to course. Georges Méliès: Le voyage dans la lune(A voyage to the moon, France 1902)||Individual films to be passed out.|
|W Jan 20||Introductions. How to take notes for a film. How to critique a film. Méliès déjà vu.|
|W Jan 20||SEMINAR: Library orientation: ODY. Scavenger hunt.|
|F Jan 22||Reading critical works: Asimov on Dutch/Flemish SF, Sturgeon on Soviet SF, Pohl on Chinese SF||Proposal for your novel due.|
|M Jan 25||In-class work on OP#1 project. Early science fiction||Hand in copy of notes taken while viewing your film. Individual novels will be passed out. Read de Bergerac and Raspé|
|W Jan 27||SF “prehistory": Mythology, Kepler's Somnium, deBergerac (Ch. 1, 2, 6, 9), Raspé's Baron von Munchausen(Ch. VI, XVIII).|
|W Jan 27||SEMINAR: Oral Presentation Workshop. Bring all your notes. Assignment 2|
|F Jan 29||Frank Reade & the pulps (Powerpoint.)||Start reading R.U.R.
Winterlude in Ottawa runs till 2/19. Bring your skates
|M Feb 1||( Early film ). Early SF films (Plus PPT)||Hand in OP critiques from 2+ critics.|
|W Feb 3|
|W Feb 3||SEMINAR: ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Batch #2|
|F Feb 5||Early films, continued. Jules Verne: From Earth to the Moon, Ch. 1|
|M Feb 8||Debrief on Oral Presentations. Jules Verne: Ch. 2,3||List of sources due, Read first 1/3+ of your novel|
|W Feb 10||EXAM I|
|W Feb 10||SEMINAR: Taking notes|
|F Feb 12|
|M Feb 15||R.U.R.||4 references due|
|W Feb 17||La Jetee (1962), Le dernier combat (1983). Taking notes.|
|W Feb 17||SEMINAR: Citation style (MLA)||Start reading Hard to be a God|
|F Feb 19||Ziljak, van Loggem, de Vries||First draft of Thesis statement due
Rules for Oral Presentations
|M Feb 22||Seven references due, with both in-text and end-of-text MLA format.|
|W Feb 24||War with the Newts - Rakoc|
|W Feb 24||SEMINAR: Making a logical argument.|
|F Feb 26||Metropolis - Brinkworth||One paragraph essay version of your
Include all related work.
|M Mar 1||
Perry Rhodan (Starship Enterprise) - Dankner
NOTE: EXAM II postponed
|Start readingHard to be a God|
|W Mar 3||Empire of the Ants - Dunn|
|W Mar 3||SEMINAR: Subject To be announced|
|F Mar 5||Outline due. Include all related work.|
|M Mar 8 through F Mar 12||SPRING BREAK||Relax. Send your instructor a postcard, maybe?|
|M Mar 15||Hard to be a god||Tomorrow: Outlines due|
|W Mar 17||Troll: a love
story - Piccirillo
Solaris - Bohan
|W Mar 17||SEMINAR: Annotating|
|F Mar 19|| Roadside
picnic - Blackburn
Romanian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian SF
|M Mar 22||Finish Hard to be a god||Annotated Bibliography due. Include all related work.|
|W Mar 24|| Kallocain - Haggett
We - Petosa
|W Mar 24||SEMINAR: Review material so far, 5- paragraph exercise.|
|F Mar 26||Yefremov (Andromeda, Heart of the Serpent), Strugatskys (Noon 22d Century)|
|M Mar 29||Dukaj, Davoust, Hirsjarvi on European SF||5 paragraph research essay due. Include all related work.|
|W Mar 31||Magical realism in Latin American literature. Jorge Luis Borges: Library of Babel, digital access to the Library, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. Virgilio Piñera: Insomnia, The Mountain, Swimming. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Excerpt, One Hundred Years of Solitude.|
|W Mar 31||SEMINAR: Individual conferences|
|F Apr 2||Yoss: "Martians...". Cuban SF - overview|
|M Apr 5||Cuban SF: Cruz and Hernandez: Crystal City plus Enríquez: Borrowed Time (handout).||2nd Draft of 5-paragraph essay due. Please follow guidelines.|
|W Apr 7||Read Yoss: Social Worker
Planet for rent - Hagen
Interface Dreams - Vredenburgh
|W Apr 7||SEMINAR: Outlining for Term paper|
|F Apr 9||Chaviano: Fables of an extraterrestrial grandmother (excerpt/handout)|
|M Apr 12||EXAM II||No assignments due.|
|W Apr 14||"Anime and local global identity" - Napier|
|W Apr 14||SEMINAR: Peer review I: Summarize each paragraph, reconstruct Outline|
|F Apr 16||The flood - Abe; Bokko-chan - Hoshi; Cardboard box - Hanmura; The road to the sea - Ishikawa; Triceratops - Kono||First draft of research paper due. Include all related work.|
|M Apr 19||Mechanics issues, Akira - Wright|
|W Apr 21||Japan Sinks - Goldman|
|W Apr 21||SEMINAR: The mechanics of writing:
Grammar, punctuation, etc.
Usurper of the Sun - Judd
|F Apr 23||Subject To be announced|
|M Apr 26||Subject To be announced|
|W Apr 28||In the Mothers' Land - Hayden|
|W Apr 28||SEMINAR: Peer review II|
|F Apr 30||Review||Research paper: final draft, Portfolio & self-assessment due in class.|
|Week||Date||Research paper||Other major assignments|
|1||Mon. Jan 25||Copy of your notes from your assigned film|
|2||Mon. Feb 1||2+ critiques of your Oral Presentation.
Place your PPTon T: drive
|3||Fri. Feb 5||Preliminary list of sources|
|4||Fri. Feb 12||Two sources, with notes|
|5||Fri. Feb 19||Bibliography|
|6||Fri. Feb 26||1 paragraph version of paper|
|7||Tues. Mar 16||Outline|
|8||Mon. Mar 22||Annotated Bibliography|
|9||Mon. Mar 29||“5 paragraph" version of your paper|
|10||Mon. Apr 5||2d draft of 5-paragraph essay|
|11||Mon. Apr 12||(No assignment due)|
|12||Fri. Apr 16||Research Paper, Draft I|
|13||Fri. Apr 23|
|14||Fri. Apr 30||Research Paper, Draft II|