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Syllabus

This is the syllabus of English 226 for Spring 2015.


Wednesday, January 21

First day: introductions and course outline, reading Wordsworth's "Solitary Reaper"


Friday, January 23

  • T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1917, anthology 2287) and companion readings

  • Michael H. Whitworth, Introduction to Modernism (PWeb)
    • In Our Time podcast on Literary Modernism
    • Robert Harrison of Stanford (and the podcast Entitled Opinions) on Prufrock and Dante
    • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (campus network only): Eliot
    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (campus network only): Eliot as poet

Come to class having done the reading carefully and prepared to discuss it.

Everyone should post on the discussion board a paragraph of self-introduction. Say whatever you like, from the standard hometown/year/major info to quirkier things about yourself. This will help us get to know each other and also establish that everyone is able to use the discussion board.

Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) list of readings is required, while the second (more indented) list of readings is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, Eliot's poem, the companion readings, and the introduction to the twentieth century are required, whereas the other links are optional.


Monday, January 26

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, January 28

  • Joyce, "The Dead" (anthology 2229), from Dubliners

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, January 30

  • Margot Norris, "Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in 'The Dead'"
  • Derek Attridge, "Touching 'Clay': Reference and Reality in Dubliners

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 1 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #1.

Remember that your responses can be about the week's reading as a whole, not only the shorter readings I provide for Friday.


Monday, February 2
  • Virginia Woolf, first part of Mrs. Dalloway (1925, anthology 2338-2379)

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, February 4

  • Woolf, second part of Mrs. Dalloway (1925, anthology 2380-2437)

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, February 6

  • Selections from the MLA's Approaches to Teaching Mrs. Dalloway

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 4 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #1.

Remember that your responses can be about the week's reading as a whole, not only the shorter readings I provide for Friday.


Monday, Febryary 9

  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929), the book (not the anthology excerpts)

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, February 11

  • John Millington Synge, The Playboy of the Western World (1907)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (campus network only): Synge as dramatist

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, February 13

  • Woolf, "The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection" (anthology 2334)

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 2 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #2.


Monday, February 16

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, February 18

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, February 20

  • Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1919, anthology 2326)

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 5 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #2.


Monday, February 23

FIRST EXAM/PAPER DATE:

Take the exam in the classroom at the usual class time

or

submit your paper under my office door by 3:00 p.m.


Wednesday, February 25
  • Joyce, Ulysses (1922), episodes 1 ("Telemachus") and 4 ("Calypso")

    • Ashplant resources from the Grinnell Ulysses Collective: Episode 1
    • Ashplant resources from the Grinnell Ulysses Collective: Episode 2

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, February 27

  • Vincent Sherry, Ulysses, 1-47

By 11:00 Thursday night, use the SharePoint link I've sent you by email to post one question you would like us to ask Vincent Sherry next week based on the readings. Then, before class starts, look at everyone's questions and come to class ready to vote for three of them that you most want us to ask him next week.


Monday, March 2

  • Joyce, Ulysses, episode 12 ("Cyclops")

    • Ashplant resources from the Grinnell Ulysses Collective: Episode 12

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, March 4

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, March 6

Come to class ready to have a good, engaged conversation with Vincent Sherry about Modernism, war, and Ulysses.


Monday, March 9

  • Tom Stoppard, Travesties (1974)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (campus network only): Stoppard

    • British Writers (campus network only): Stoppard

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, March 11

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, March 13

No class today: we will have midsemester conferences.


FALL BREAK

Monday, March 30

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, April 1

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996)

    • Contemporary Authors Online: McDonagh (campus network only)

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, April 3

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 1 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #3.


Monday, April 6
  • George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1913), anthology 2029

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, April 8

SECOND EXAM/PAPER DATE:

Take the exam in the classroom at the usual class time

or

submit your paper under my office door by 3:00 p.m.


Friday, April 10

  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000), 1-102

Linking passages: group 6


Monday, April 13

  • Smith, White Teeth, 103-217
    • Salman Rushdie on the BBC podcast Start the Week discussing being forced to live under police protection after being 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, April 15

  • Raymond Williams, from Keywords
  • Stuart Hall, "Notes on Deconstructing 'The Popular'" and this summary
    • The BBC podcast Thinking Allowed with Hall (also available for free through iTunes)

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, April 17

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 6 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #3.


Monday, April 20

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, April 22

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, April 24

  • John Clement Ball, from Imagining London
  • James Procter, "New Ethnicities, the Novel, and the Burdens of Representation"
Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 2 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #4.


Monday, April 27

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • Film: Rebecca (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, April 29

  • Film: My Beautiful Laundrette (written by Hanif Kureishi, dir. Stephen Frears, 1985)
    • Hay Festival Lecture (the Raymond Williams Lecture) by Kureishi: Loose Tongues

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism (campus network only): Kureishi

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, May 1

  • Tania Modleski, "Never To Be Thirty-Six Years Old: Rebecca as Female Oedipal Drama"

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 5 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #1 (or member #5 for a group with 5 people).


Monday, May 4 For this Monday and Wednesday, you will work in groups to cultivate individual and collective understandings of contemporary British poetry. We will discuss your preparation and use of class time as the sessions grow closer.
Wednesday, May 6

See the description for May 4th above.


Friday, May 8

Last day: We will wrap up and weep for the lack of further class sessions.

Bring your small group retrospective to class.


Thursday, May 14

FINAL EXAM/PAPER DATE:

Take the exam in the classroom at 9:00 a.m.

or

submit your paper under my office door by noon

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