Reading Edward Bellamy's "The Blindman's World"

Please print out a copy of Edward Bellamy’s 1886 short story “The Blindman’s World.” Read the story from start to finish.  Then, briefly write about your response to the story in your reading journal.  Afterward, please read the story again, this time taking notes on the story and attending to some of its elements as a fictional text (plot, character, setting, narrative perspective, figurative language, themes) more carefully, its historical and authorial context, and its relationships to various issues related to science fiction as a genre and what we have identified as some recurring elements or properties of science fiction texts.  Afterward, please write some more about the story, what you now understand about it, and questions that you have about it.

Finally, please post two paragraphs in response to this post BY MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, the first briefly summarizing the story and describing it in terms of its elements as a fictional text and as a science fiction text, the second explaining what you found most interesting about the story and one to three questions that you have about it.

Though not required, please feel free to post links that you may have consulted in the process of reading the story and why you found them helpful.  What is required is that you read the story carefully, write about it in your reading journal, and think about it in the context of our class discussions, Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” and our discussions about that story, the issues and topics raised in the Introduction to the Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, your responses to “Why Do You Read Science Fiction,” including Prof. Rodgers' contribution, which you will find here, and then post two paragraphs about the story.  We will be discussing the story and your responses to it in our next class session.

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