Drawing Connections with Ink (for Wed. 09/30)

Prompt #1: What does Ink have to do with science and/or speculative fiction? What are the science fictional/ speculative elements of the text? And what is their significance within the novel? Thinking back further, how might Ink be an example of what Walidah Imarisha describes as “visionary fiction”?


Prompt #2: Relate Ink to one of the texts we have read this semester. What kinds of connections do you see between Ink and this other text? Are there related themes or overarching issues or concerns? Do you see similarities between some of the characters in Ink and a figure from another reading? How and why?


One thought on “Drawing Connections with Ink (for Wed. 09/30)

  1. 1) Ink uses a lot of tropes, themes, and plot elements from dystopian fiction, a genre within science and speculative fiction. An oppressive government designating a portion of their population through physical branding would not seem out of place in works like the Hunger Games, or 1984. The government has the media in a vicegrip, as seen when Finn complains about how all news is the same news, and any interesting leaks about the injustice against inks are easily squashed or explained away in a press conference. Vourvoulias uses these tropes of dystopias to get the reader to consider how different our world and our country is to the one presented in the book. With police brutality getting twisted by the media and presidential hopefuls making promises to wall out Mexico and deport immigrants, Vourvoulias’s vision doesn’t stray too far from reality.
    2)The ending of Ink reminds me of the general theme of the Zong! poems. Zong! wishes to call attention to the atrocities of the past, and in doing so, making sure that the lives lost are respected after death. Mari’s decision to keep her tattoo in order to remember her story is an important one. The rest of the world around her seems content to forget the whole “ink” incident ever happened, but that is very disrespectful to those damaged and who died during it. Pete Nguyen was a child when he was sterilized for being an ink. Finn was a new father when he was killed in defense of them. Their memories should not be forgotten. Mari makes sure to note that the end of ink oppression, is not the end of oppression itself, because there will be new ones in the future.

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