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Subject: Would you guys be willing to help with my undergrad independent study?
Author: quigonjecca   (Authenticated as quigonjecca)
Date: December 30, 2012 at 8:19:35 AM
Hello all,

I haven't been around much due to school. I'm getting ready to embark on a month-long, class-free segment of my junior year in order to jumpstart my independent study period. After I complete this study, I will be expected to write a comprehensive annotated bibliography, and a 30+ page thesis. In turn, I will graduate with departmental honors.

I'm having a hard time narrowing down my subject matter. This will be a semester-long study, and it is part of my major (English), so I will be expected to read at least 13-15 books, preferably more, in addition to watching a substantial number of films. My study is on the rise of the female protagonist in dystopian fiction, and kind of tracing how the genre came to such prominence, and why it's helping to blur the lines between the YA fiction market and the mainstream fiction market--even helping blur the lines between speculative fiction and literary fiction. This study is very important to me, because I plan on eventually trying to get my MA in Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature. I've already taken one class in Feminist Utopian Fictions, and this study will kind of spawn from some of the fiction I read there.

So this is where you guys come in. I've read extensively in the genre, and watched quite a few films as well, but there are some wide gaps in my education. For example, i've never read 1984 or Brave New World. Those are definitely on my reading list for this study, but I know there are others that I've missed. So, going off your personal opinions, can you answer the following questions for me?

1) What is your favorite dystopian novel (or novels)?

2) What is your favorite dystopian movie(s)?

3) What do you think is the most important dystopian novel(s)?

4) What do you think is the most important dystopian movie(s)?

5) What would you say is the earliest dystopian novel and/or movie you were aware of?

Thanks so much. :)

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