Write a 4-5 page [1,300-1,600 word] essay on Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle.  THIS ASSIGNMENT IS FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO SUBMIT A SECOND PAPER TO REPLACE AN EARLIER GRADE. Essay topics are for the most part based on our discussions of Dick's novel. Some suggested topics appear below. To score well, your analysis must be sustained by your understanding of fundamental issues in science fiction that we have discussed over the course of the semester.  That is, you are not discussing whether or not you "liked" the novel.  Instead, your task is to discuss the selected work as a quality piece of science fiction through analysis of common science fiction thematic concerns or issues as we have defined them over the course of the semester. Since Science Fiction as Social Criticism is approved as an Upper-Division Integrative Elective in the Foundational Studies Program, the major paper submitted in this course must demonstrate your ability to correctly document source material as you present quotations from the novel being discussed. See the examples in the instructions below. You are welcome to raise issues relative to your approach to the paper during our remaining class discussions. You are, of course, welcome to include library research in your essay, especially if you decide to link issues in the selected novel to political or social issues relevant to the time of the novel's publication.

To further assist you, I list below some of the concerns central to The Man in the High Castle.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to define the only acceptable approaches to the novel.  It is simply a reminder of some of the issues that we have defined as important to the novel. Each of you, I'm sure, can establish alternative approaches based on your reading of the novel or on our classroom discussions. However, if you devise a thesis unrelated to the issues listed for the novel in question, you are obliged to clear your choice with me by submitting a brief paragraph explaining what you intend to cover. This will allow me to help you to focus your concerns in an attempt to insure that you do well on the assignment.


Here are a few suggested topics for Dick's novel; write about only one topic.


What does "historicity" mean in this novel and how does it function similarly to the I Ching?


How does the idea of "Inner Truth" function to develop a thematic concern in the novel?


How does Dick contrast Eastern and Western values in the novel? Are these values somehow gendered in the novel?


Does Juliana Frink [a Westerner] somehow focus the Idea of the Asian in this novel? Does she, in doing so, link notions of the feminine to Eastern philosophy and values?


How do the ideas of the fake aqnd the real function in the novel?


What makes this alternate present novel science fiction despit its lack of aliens, space or time travel, or an emphasis on technology? Do Tagomi's park bench experience and Juliana Frink's visit to Abendsen expose the science fictional nature of the novel?






Paper Length:  4-5 pages [1,300-1,600 words]

Paper Due DateFriday, April 28, no later than 11:59 p.m. [Of course, you may submit your paper prior to the established due date.]