mySF Project podcast, number 21: I am Legend
This podcast relates to the mySF Project, created in 2005 and still growing!
The podcast discusses the use of the novel and film I am Legend for use with secondary students studying Science Fiction. These texts and many of the associated ideas for the Last Man and post-Apocalyptic narratives can fit into the Shape of Things to Come theme area of the mySF Project.
There have been three film treatments of Richard Matheson’s novel I am Legend. The podcast discusses the novel and its precursors including Mary Shelley’s The Last Man. Two film adaptations of the novel are analysed, showing how the Last Man model can be used for social criticism with a longer look at the new I am Legend film starring Will Smith. Two derivative films useful for discussing racism and gender (The World, the Flesh and the Devil and The Quiet Earth) are noted with ideas for teaching, then the podcast ends with different uses for the Last Man or post-Apocalyptic text, including comparisons with the short stories “‘The End of the World as we Know it’” and “‘The Smile’”.
The purpose of the podcast is to join other educators to collaborate on the construction of great SF teaching resources. The podcast is 30M in size, in mp3 format, running for a worrying forty-five minutes.
The mySF Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Australia License.
mySF Project podcast, number 22
Direct download: mysf_022_2009_01_15.mp3
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