How may the article’s thesis (and main ideas) be applied to parts of the movie you hadn’t considered prior?

Article Summary and Analysis

For this short essay you will choose one of the scholarly articles on 2001 listed below and read it. (You are allowed to choose another scholarly article on another topic, but please run it by me first.) You will then write a short essay about the film in dialogue with the main ideas from the article. How does the article help you understand and/or think about the movie, particularly in the context of technology? How may the article’s thesis (and main ideas) be applied to parts of the movie you hadn’t considered prior?

Avoid summarizing the article and the movie. Do not feel the need to cover all or many aspects of either. Jump right in and stay focused. At the end of your essay I want a complete and proper citation page, either in MLA or APA format.

I encourage you to get a head start on this assignment and begin by looking at the articles, so that you may have a strong sense of which one you prefer. It’s also a good idea to give yourself some time to absorb and comprehend the article you choose, because, as you probably know by now, scholarly writing is known for being conceptual, theoretical, and oblique (as is 2001!).


“When Computers Say It with Feeling: Communication and Synthetic Emotions in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey,” by Michael Nofz and Phil Vendy

Formatting: 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 1″ margins, 12-point font

Citation: Full and proper citation page, using either APA or MLA

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