21 Feb. Visualizing Your Future & The Tempest, Act I


  • 1. Just a quick note on Participation: So that we develop the longer class projects, it’s important that you all both actively participate and document your in-class participation to include in your portfolios. So…even if I forget to remind you, take pictures of things we draw on the board and save your drafts! That is, a few times over the course of the drafting process for these projects, maybe convert one or two drafts to pdf and then save those .pdfs
  • 2. Thanks also for being very attentive during Karen Vairs’s presentation. If you have any questions about research or library resources, please don’t hesitate to contact her.

Ambrosias Holbein, Woodcut, Published with 1516 Edition

Visualizing Your Future, Part I.

  • From its very first publication in 1516, More’s Utopia, was typically published with a “garland of humanist testimonials” (Robert Adams 112), and visual images. What sorts effects do the fictional paratextual materials have on readers? 
  • In the spirit of More’s text, we are also going to create some accompanying “testimonials” for our future worlds.
  • Take a minute and think about some advertising campaigns for vacation designations, events, or even new houses/condos. What sorts of visual rhetoric do those types of ads share? How does that genre of adverting persuade audiences? 

Visualizing Your Future, Part II.

Take a few minutes and respond to the following:
  • 1. Draft a name for your future world.
  • 2. Sketch or briefly describe what your world looks like: what are its main geological features, what are some of its aesthetic traits, what do the people look like, what sorts of infrastructural or architectural features would standout to a visitor?
  • 3. Briefly describe your world to someone who hasn’t been there before; try to persuade them to go/warn them about it.

Visualizing Your Future, Part II.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Act 1

  • 1. In the interest of time, we’ll skip the recap. Class Leads, write your discussion questions on Shakespeare’s Tempest, Act 1 on the board.
  • 2. While the Class Leads write their discussion questions on the board, let’s chat about this: what do More’s Utopia and Shakespeare’s The Tempest have in common?



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