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Department
English
Course
ENGLISH 3D03
Professor
Anne Savage
Semester
Winter

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The New Weird SUBGENRE OR BRANCH OF SF (SCIENCE FICTION, SPECULATIVE  FICTION) 1. To Hie from Far Cilenia” and Kraken, two very different approaches to the  strangeness of  ‘The City.’ 2. Cities are familiar; they’re expanding as we speak, sprouting suburbs with names  like ‘Lark Meadows,’ ‘Deer Run Estates,’ ­  which are the names of what they’ve  just paved over. What they’ve replaced. Cities replace other kinds of  environments which used to be there. Also malls and industrial parks and so on  transform landscapes into cityscapes. COGNITIVE ESTRANGEMENT AND THE URBAN LANDSCAPE: 3. In terms of cognitive estrangement, people are familiar with cities even if they  don’t live in them because they’re the background of most t.v. drama and feature  films. Toronto has stood in for most large cities – or ‘the city’ – in so many films  that this says something about non­specific this idea is for us now. “To Hie From Far Cilenia” 4. Note the utter physical specificity of the first sentence: 1. “Sixteen plastic­wrapped, frozen reindeer made a forest of jutting legs and  antlers in the back of the transport truck.” 1. The oddness of what follows is characteristic of the genre, especially China  Miéville’s work (see also The City in the City, 2009): 2. “…He checked his Geiger counter, then said, ‘It’s them, all right.” 3. What kind of story will this be? Can’t tell. LOCATION & PHYSICAL REALITY /‘LOCATION’ AND ‘REALITY’/ WORDS 4. We can localize Gennady’s origin, possibly, by his name, and he’s clearly been  stopped by a cop
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