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What does active, critical, or even creative reading look like? Send a photo of an analytically—or artfully—annotated passage of Station Eleven. Use a page of the novel as the canvas for art inspired by it, or show us the “close reading” questions and observations you’re making about a single passage. Make Station Eleven your own. Tweet images (#UOCommonReading) or email CommonReading@uoregon.edu. Prizes for best images. And here is our advice for how to approach a text as a critical reader.

Sample annotation by by Dana Glasscock, English Major, Class of 2016
Sample annotation by by Dana Glasscock, English Major, Class of 2016

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  1. In Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel uses a post-apocalyptic narrative to make the mundane of our society something unimaginable in the future. Station Eleven makes you appreciate something as simple as turning on a light. When Kirsten and August get separated from the Symphony and find the untouched house, Kirsten “[closes] her eyes for just a second as she flipped the light switch. Naturally nothing happened” (150). Mandel flips our expectations upside-down to highlight the simple, yet important things we tend to overlook. When I was reading this scene I was traveling in a place where there were frequent power outages in order to save power. One minute the power would be on and the next it would be shut off. As a society we have become accustom and have become dependent upon electricity and technology to go about our daily lives. Mandel lists: “No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room” (32). Are these things amenities or have them become necessities?

    On another note. I was also very interested in the fact that Mandel uses Shakespeare’s plays. Is Shakespeare timeless?

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