SCHEDULE of READINGS & ASSIGNMENTS
English 101, Section 3 (Fall 2005)
Dr. Katherine D. Harris
Syllabus subject to change

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August  |  September  |  OctoberNovember  |  December    

Critical Review  |  Presentation/Essay  |  Mid-Term Exam Essay  |  Final Exam Essay   


TC
= Texts & Contexts
NTC = Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism
 


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Lecture/Discussion

Reading Due

Assignment Due

Friday 8/26 Introductions

Theory Query: Who said "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle"?

 
9/2 Formalism
  • TC: Introduction & Critical Worlds (3-34)
  • NTC: Eichenbaum “Theory of the ‛Formal Method'” (1062-87)
  • NTC: Ransom “Criticism, Inc.” (1108-18)

Theory Query: Formalism and Positivism
Lecture Notes: Formalism & New Criticism
Handouts: Pound's Poem (Historical)
                  Synopsis of Gogol's "Overcoat"
                  Definition of "skaz"

No Office Hours
INTELLECTUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY

In-Class Essay (Prompt)


 

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9/9 New Criticism
  • TC: Chp 3 Unifying the Work (37-57)
  • NTC: Brooks, "Heresy of Paraphrase" & "The Formalist Critic" (1353-71)

Handouts:
Eliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" - Excerpts
Eliot reads his poem
See Full Text and more Audio & Historical Material

Discuss Presentation/Essay
Discuss Effective In-Class Essay

In-Class Essay (Prompt)
9/16 Structuralism & Post-Structuralism (Reader- Response)
  • NTC: Frye, "Archetypes" (1445-57)
  • TC: Chp 4 "Creating the Text" (61-93)
  • NTC: Barthes "Death of the Author" (1466-70) & "From Work to Text" (1470-75)
  • NTC: Foucault "What is an Author" (1622-36)
Discuss Critical Review Essay

In-Class Essay (Prompt)
9/23 Post-Structuralism (Reader-Response & Deconstruction)
  • TC: Chp 5 "Opening Up the Text" (97-129)
  • NTC: Johnson "Melville's Fist" (2319-37)
  • NTC: Iser "Interaction" (1673-82)
  • NTC: Fish "Interpreting" (2071-89)
  • Online: Derrida Archive Fever
Give Turnitin: How To, Turnitin: Submitting & Password (in-class)

Student Presentations:
1)
Huma, Iser, "Interaction"
(see Notes from Huma's presentation)

In-Class Essay (Prompt)

9/30 Psychoanalytical Criticism
  • TC: Chp 7 "Minding the Work" (183-208)
  • NTC: Freud "The 'Uncanny'" (929-52) & "Fetishism" (952-56)
  • NTC: Mulvey "Visual Pleasures" (2181-92)
CRITICAL REVIEW ESSAY

Student Presentations
1)
Mark, Freud, "Fetishism" (see Notes from Mark's presentation)
2) Mirina, Mulvey, "Visual Pleasures"
10/7 Marxism Student Presentations
1)
Jennifer, Benjamin, "Work"

In-Class Essay (Prompt)

Mid-Term Course Evaluation
 

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10/14 Mid-Term Exam Prep
  • See "The Matrix" in preparation for mid-term exam
Discuss Mid-Term Exam (no online handout)
"The Matrix" on IRC reserve
Due by 5pm Monday, 10/24 (English Dept. mailbox FO 102)
10/21   Class Cancelled
Mid-Term Essay due 5pm Monday, 10/24
 
10/28 Feminist, Post-Feminist & Queer Theory (New Historicism)
  • TC: Chp 8 "Gendering the Text" (211-241)
  • NTC: Woolf Room (1021-29)
  • NTC: Beauvoir Second Sex (1406-1414)

Handouts: OED "feminist" & "feminism" definitions

Student Presentations
1)
Kari, Woolf, Room
2) Kimberly, Beauvoir, Second Sex

In-Class Essay (Prompt)
11/4 Queer Theory
  • NTC: Sedgwick Between Men (2434-38) & Epistomology of the Closet (2438-45)
  • NTC: Gilbert/Gubar Madwoman (2023-35)
  • NTC: Bordo Unbearable Weight (2362-76)

Handouts Queer Theory Definitions & Literary Text

Student Presentations
1)
Shawn, Between Men, "Crying Game"
2)
Lynesshia, Epistomology

In-Class Essay (Prompt)
11/11 Post-Colonial & Cultural Studies (New Historicism)
  • NTC: Anzaldua Borderlands (2211-23)
  • NTC: Hughes "Negro Artists" (1313-17)
  • Online: "Harlem" (Poem)
  • NTC: Achebe "Image of Africa" (1781-94)
  • Online: Excerpts from Conrad's Heart of Darkness UVA E-Text: 80-86 (slavery) & 93-98 (moon)
Student Presentations
1)
Victor, Achebe
2)
Monecia, "Negro Artists"
3)
Chris, Gilbert/Gubar, Madwoman & Cisneros
4)
Raphael, Derrida, Archive Fever

In-Class Essay (Prompt)

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11/18 Postmodernism
  • NTC: Lyotard "Defining Postmodernism" (1612-15)
  • NTC: Jameson "Postmodernism" (1960-74)
  • NTC: Haraway "Cyborg Manifesto" (2269-99)
  • NTC: hooks "Postmodern Blackness" (2478-84)

Handouts: Great Expectations A, B, C, D & Warhol's Art

Student Presentations
1)
Rachel, Haraway's Cyborgs
2) Charles, hooks

In-Class Essay (Prompt)
11/25

Thanksgiving Holiday – No Class

Note
: Pride & Prejudice, San Jose Rep Theater (11/26-12/30)
*Student & Group Discounts
*Post-show discussion w/actors after Matinee

12/2 New Trends in Theory: Hyper-Libraries, Dynamic (User-Driven) Websites, Hypertextual Readers, Authors, Writers (Bloggers?)

Handout: You Know You've Done too Much Theory When:  Cartoon

Discuss Final Exam Essay (no online handout)

Student Presentations
1)
Lance, Moulthrop


Final Exam Readings
Charlotte Delbo, None of Us Will Return (literature)
September 11th Digital Archive
(website)
Young Frankenstein (movie; on reserve in IRC 120, Call No. 266)
Texts & Contexts (our handbook)
 


FINAL EXAM
:  Wednesday, December 14 (no meeting)
Final Essay Due by 2pm (Also Submit to Turnitin.com)
Final In-Class
Essay Due (Prompt)
(Pick up graded Presentation Essays)

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