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Critical Response Papers -- Everyone must complete at least 7 of the 10 possible short critical and analytical response papers; response papers for Week 1 and Week 5 are strongly recommended of all students. Each week, response papers are due on Friday by 5 PM. Papers are submitted electronically via Collect It:

Cyberpunk Critical Review -- a 500-700 word analytical review of a text you would think could be or should be included in our class. Critical Reviews are to be posted to the class blog.

Mash-Up "Mixed-Paper" Final Project -- a final paper "collection" where you will You will 1) identify a critical question, claim, or concept that will frame and organize your project; 2) write a page of introduction, a kind of prologue to the project explaining your overall goals; 3) select and revise and order four of your Critical Response Papers, which fit, explore, or support your organizing analytic; 4) include between each part of the project a combination of image, verse, or quotes from the readings or outside research that provides transition and furthers your analytical ‘story’; 5) write a page of conclusion, a kind of epilogue to the project; and 6) an academic bibliography with at least five, recent, relevant, and useful sources.

Organizing the Mixed Paper -- suggestions and strategies for developing an organizational analytic and making connections in your "mixed-paper" final project.
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Information Sheets

The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.

ENGL242 Student Info Sheet & Release Form

Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"

Ed's Top Ten Rules of Writing

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format


There are six novels required by the class in addition to a handful of short readings. The novels are available via the UW Bookstore (or through any reputable bookstore, many of which can be found at used bookstores). A supplemental readings course reader is available at Ave Copy (4141 Univ. Way NE @ 42nd). However, all of the short readings for class are available via the (university’s e-reserves). Consult the course syllabus for the week's required reading. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

Bethke, Bruce. "Cyberpunk." Infinity Plus. 1997. 21 Nov. 2012.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Blade Runner. Dir. Ridley Scott. Perf. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. Warner Bros., 1982. DVD.

Bradbury, Ray. "2026: There Will Come Soft Rains." The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam Books, 1950. 166-172.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Burroughs, William S. Naked Lunch. New York: Grove Press, 1959.

Bush, Vannevar. "As We May Think." The Atlantic Online. 17 Sep. 2007.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. New York: Crown, 2011.

Dick, Philip. K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep New York: Del Rey, 1968. The Souls of Cyberfolk: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. xi-xxix.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Gibson, William. "Burning Chrome." Burning Chrome. New York: Eos Books, 1986. 179-204.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Gibson, William. "Johnny Mnemonic." Burning Chrome. New York: Ace Books, 1987. 1-22.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1984.

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper Perennial, 1932.

Lai, Larissa. Salt Fish Girl. Toronto, ON: Thomas Allen, 2002.

The Matrix. Dir. Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Perf. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss . Warner Bros., 1999. DVD.

McHugh, Maureen. "A Coney Island of the Mind." Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams. Eds. Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams. New York: Ace Books, 1994. 83-90.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Plume, 1949.

Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam Spectra, 1992.

Sterling, Bruce. "Preface." Mirrorshades. New York: Ace Books, 1986. ix-xvi.

Tiptree, James, Jr. The Girl Who Was Plugged In. New York: Tor, 1973.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Vinge, Vernor. "True Names." True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier. Ed. James Frenkel. New York: Tor, 2001. 239-330.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Wolmark, Jenny. "Cyberpunk, Cyborgs, and Feminist Science Fiction." Aliens and Others: Science Fiction, Feminism, and Postmodernism. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1994. 108-138.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).
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